The Much-Needed Sense of Awe

Today’s Bible reading* uses the word “awe” four times. (Psalm 65:5, 8; 66:3, 5) You answer us in righteousness, with awe-inspiring works, God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the distant seas.Psalm 65:5 (CSB) Those who live far away are awed by your signs; you make east…

Uzzah Dies Trying to Help God

Earlier this month, we read about Saul’s sin of trying to help God. In today’s Bible reading* we read that Uzzah tried to help God and was struck dead on the spot. 2 Samuel 6 and 1 Chronicles 13 tell the story of the Israelites’ bringing the Ark of the Covenant back to Israel in…

Calling All Valiant Warriors

Seven times in today’s Bible reading,* we encounter the term “valiant warriors” (CSB), “mighty warriors” (ESV, LEB, NLT), “mighty men” (KJV), “fighting men” (NIV), “warriors” (MSG). The word translated as warriors/men refers not only to their fighting occupation but to their strong/noble character. One Hebrew lexicon says, “Although [the book of Chronicles] generally uses the…

Joshua Leads with the Worship Team

Twice in today’s Bible reading*, we see Joshua — at God’s direction — lead the people with the worship team leading the way. The first time is in Joshua 3:13-14. The second time (Joshua 6:6-7,9) the worship team led the people was when God’s people marched around Jericho in preparation for taking the city in…