Notes: September 19 – 2 Samuel 20; Psalms 120-126

Meditation Points:

2 Samuel 20

  • Saul was a Benjamite; and his relatives refused to submit to David’s authority (v 1-2)
  • When David ran from Jerusalem he left 10 concubines behind, and they were abused by Absolom. When David returned to the throne, he confined the women; and they lived the rest of their lives in “widowhood” (v 3). Some have suggested that the major difference between a wife and a concubine was that the concubine had no inheritance rights.
  • Amasa, a relative of David, was appointed commander of the army in the stead of Joab (v 4-7). Was this because Joab had unceremoniously executed Absolom?
  • Joab killed Amasa, too (v 8-10).
  • A wise woman interceded for her city, and urged the city to be rid of the rebellious Sheba (v 16-22)

Psalm 120

  • A song of degrees. 15 psalms bear this inscription. They do not all have the same author. They do not all have the same subject matter. They do not all of the same intended audience. They are mostly short psalms, notably so as they follow the longest psalm, number 119. Yet there is is profit in God’s scripture (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
  • I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war (Psalm 120:7). Blessed are the peacemakers.  Are you blessed?

Psalm 121

  • My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth (Psalm 121:2). If He who made heaven and earth is on your side, who dare be against you? How can you worry and fret?
  • He that keeps you will not slumber (Psalm 121:3). Soldiers who sleep while they should be vigilant are considered treasonous. Be sure that the commander-in-chief of creation never sleeps.

Psalm 122

  • I was glad when they said, Let us go into the house of the Lord (Psalm 122:1). Do you enjoy joining others in worship?
  • Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee (Psalm 122:6). Much foreign policy has been influenced by an errant understanding of this verse.

Psalm 123

  • As servants stand looking to their masters for care and direction, so we should standing looking to God for mercy.

Psalm 124

  • If it had not been the Lord who was on our side…(Psalm 124:1-2). IS God on your side? If so, what has He done for you lately?

Psalm 125

  • Some men have “crooked ways” (Psalm 125:5). God will punish them.

Psalm 126

  • He that goes forth and weeps, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him (Psalm 126:6).