I Will Show Kindness

“Then David said, “I will show kindness to Hanun the son of Nahash, because his father showed kindness to me.”  So David sent messengers to comfort him concerning his father.”  1 Chronicles 19:2

Things got messy after this as Hanun was advised and believed that David’s intentions were to spy on him, not comfort him.

Lord, we desire to keep reaching out in kindness today. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Again                                               

When we reach out
in kindness
but it’s twisted
into something else
and explaining
only makes it worse

we stop

until the next time
when we reach out
in kindness again.

Bringing Him Treasures

“And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem.

Also from Tibhath and from Chun, cities of Hadadezer, David brought a large amount of bronze, with which Solomon made the bronze Sea, the pillars, and the articles of bronze.”  1 Chronicles 18:17-18″

We tend to collect things.

Lord, I desire to bring to You all that I find today, so You can make the most of it.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Look, Daddy                                

Moments, words
pictures , looks
all add up
to give our day worth
and I don’t want
to squander
what You’ve given
to discover
so I’ll run with it
to show You
just what I’ve found.

Pleased To Bless

“Now You have been pleased to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue before You forever, for You have blessed it, O LORD, and it shall be blessed forever.”  1 Chronicles 17:27

God doesn’t begrudgingly bless us.

Lord, knowing how pleased You are to bless us, blesses us doubly.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Doubly Blessed                                double kitty blessings

When we do
something for others
oh, the blessing
that alone is

then just imagine
God’s delight when
we thank Him
for each of His.

Blow The Trumpet

“Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests regularly blew the trumpets before the ark of the covenant of God.” 1 Chronicles 16:6

The ark of the covenant was certainly something to trumpet about.

Lord, let us draw attention to Your greatness today.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Many Looks                                     

Let us trumpet
let us sing

about how worthy
is our King

may we continue
night and day

bringing many
looks Your way.

Preparing A Place

“David built houses for himself in the City of David; and he prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched a tent for it.”  1 Chronicles 15:1

Preparing takes time.

Oh Lord, help us take time to prepare our hearts for You today.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Prep Time

We can have a great idea
and  want to see it done

but find it involves much more
once we’ve begun

so let us prepare
first with humble hearts

that let You guide us
and bless our efforts.

See http://larrywho.wordpress.com for a great series on preparing!  🙂

Perceiving

“And David perceived that the Lord had established him as king over Israel, for his kingdom was highly exalted because of His people Israel.” 1 Chronicles 14:2

David didn’t see all of this as his own doing.

Lord, help us perceive what You are establishing in our lives.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Establishing                                                                             

My days run together
not much happening

so I forget He’s at work
and establishing

me in His Kingdom
and His Kingdom here on earth

and each moment of the day
has its merit and its worth.

Blessings In Disguise

“The ark of God remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house three months.  And the Lord blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that he had.”  1 Chronicles 13:14

At a time when I questioned the techniques being used, a public school administrator said, “Well, why don’t you school her?”

Lord, we desire to receive Your blessings through what others might consider curses.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Blessed Sightings                     

I can chose
how I see

what my God
has given me

where some think curse
I know blessing

more and more reasons
to always praise Him.

There Was Joy

“Moreover those who were near to them, from as far away as Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, were bringing food on donkeys and camels, on mules and oxen – provisions of flour and cakes of figs and cakes of raisins, wine and oil and oxen and sheep abundantly, for there was joy in Israel.”  1 Chronicles 12:40

I love that there was joy in Israel.

Lord, we thank You that there is joy in us through Jesus.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

The Joy Response                 

Joy in the moment
for the little things

joy in the serving
of others and our King

joy in the beauty
of all that You bring

joy in the trials
a sweet offering.

Our Fields

“But they themselves in the midst of that field, defended it, and killed the Philistines.  And the Lord saved them by a great deliverance.”  1 Chronicles 11:14

Each of us has a field.

Lord, we desire to stand in Your promises when attacked.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Stationed

Standing in this field
defended by Your Word

claiming all the promises
that we’ve ever heard

and we’re not going to leave
when the enemy says so

but only when we hear You say
that it’s time to go.

Where To Fall

“Then Saul said to his armor bearer, “Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, unless these uncircumcised men come and abuse me.

But his armor bearer would not, for he was greatly afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword and fell on it.”  1 Chronicles 10:4

The Word of God is described as a sword.

Lord, may I fall upon Your Word daily, dying to myself so I might live for You.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Falling On Jesus                                             

I fall upon
the sword of the Word

and indeed
I’m slain

dying to myself
for Jesus

being made alive
by His blood and name.

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