Leviticus 21, Psalm 26-27, Ecclesiastes 4, 1 Timothy 6

Psalm 27:1-14

Reading Psalm 27 calls to mind John 14.  So much of what David prays, Jesus assures to those who follow him.  For example, compare the first three verses of Psalm 27 to John 14:1 and 27.  David proclaims he has no reason to fear because the LORD is his light and salvation.  Jesus tells his disciples to not be afraid, just as God is trustworthy, so is He.  Additionally, He has given them His peace. 

In Psalm 27:4-6, David expresses his desire to dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  In John 14:16-17, Jesus' promises are beyond what David requests.  Jesus gives the Spirit of Truth to dwell with you and be in you.  In verse 23, the Father and the Son will make their home with you.  Instead of David dwelling in the house of the Lord, the Lord says, I will dwell in you and make Myself known to you.

Psalm 27:7-10 is David's request for the LORD to hear and answer his prayer.  Jesus, in John 14:13-14 says whatever you ask in my name, anything you ask in my name, I will do. 

In Psalm 27:11 David asks the LORD to teach him how to live.  In John 14:26, Jesus promises the Holy Spirit will teach believers all things. 

Psalm 27:13 is David's expression of confidence he will see the LORD's goodness while he lives.  In John 14:21, Jesus says those who love him will be loved by the Father and He will make Himself known to the one who keeps His commandments.  In John 14:7, Jesus tells His followers since you have seen Me, you have seen the Father. 

Oh, LORD, it is true!  No eye has seen nor ear heard nor the heart of man imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him.  All the promises of God are yes in Jesus.  That is why I say Amen to God for His glory.

1 Timothy 6:6-12

When I read "godliness with contentment is great gain", I think of Solomon's view of life in Ecclesiastes.  What a contrast; vanity versus great gain.

Solomon and Paul are in agreement about taking nothing with you when you leave this world.  Solomon's concern is the fact that all you toiled for is left to someone else, while Paul seems content in the fact that we bring nothing in and take nothing out. 

We know Solomon wandered from the faith (1 King 11:4-6), but Paul encourages Timothy to fight the good fight of faith and take hold of eternal life. 

Paul and Solomon's lives are a glaring contrast; one an apparent wandering vagabond—the other a king, one who learned to be content in all things—the other always searching, one encouraging godliness—the other seeking other gods.

Blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, may I be content in where you have me.  I want to be one who fights the good fight of faith.  Please teach me to take hold of eternal life.  May I see the pleasures of this world as vanity and life in You as the only abundant life. 

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