Remember, in His Word, God has:

  • Something to see – what does the text say
  • Something to understand – what does it mean
  • Something to apply – what does it mean to me
  • Something to praise – for what are you thankful?

(1) Through the Bible

Day 1: 2 Chronicles 7, 8Day 4: 2 Chronicles 13, 14
Day 2: 2 Chronicles 9, 10Day 5: 2 Chronicles 15, 16
Day 3: 2 Chronicles 11, 12Day 6: 2 Chronicles 17, 18

This week our theme is “The God who upholds”. Luke will preach from Psalm 54, a psalm of David written of Saul’s pursuit of him (the psalm’s superscription references 1 Samuel 23). To uphold means to support, often used particularly with respect to support in the face of opposition. To help with the context of the psalm I am including the background history from 1 Samuel in the “Key Passages” reading. In the psalm itself, note the verbs in David’s petitions in verses 1 and 2: what is he asking of God? What is David’s basis for asking God for these things. David exercised great patience and restraint while Saul pursued him (he had opportunities to kill Saul). Do you think verses 4 and 5 help David to restrain himself from taking action?

(2) Key Passages

Day 1: 1 Samuel 23:15-20Day 4: Psalm 54
Day 2: 1 Samuel 23:21-24Day 5: Psalm 40:1-10
Day 3: 1 Samuel 23:25-29Day 6: Psalm 40:11-17

(3) Key Verses

Day 1: Psalm 54:1Day 4: Psalm 54:4
Day 2: Psalm 54:2Day 5: Psalm 54:5
Day 3: Psalm 54:3Day 6: Psalm 54:6,7

(4) Pre-readers (in the translation of your choice, quoted below from the NLT)

“God is my helper; the Lord is the sustainer of my life.”

Psalm 54:4