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May 16


REJOICE—THE LORD IS KING!
Charles Wesley, 1707–1788
  After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. (Hebrews 1:3)
This text by Charles Wesley is another of the more than 6,500 hymns written by the “Sweet Bard of Methodism.” Wesley wrote on hundreds of scriptural passages as well as on every conceivable phase of Christian experience and doctrine. This text was developed by Wesley to encourage his followers to have a more spontaneous joy in their lives as they became aware that Christ reigns victorious in heaven. It was based on the apostle Paul’s instruction to the Christians at Philippi:
  Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)
It is important to remember that this instruction was written while Paul was a prisoner of Emperor Nero in Rome. The teaching of the entire Philippian letter is that it is possible to be a victor in life—regardless of the circumstances—when our faith is in an asc…
May 16





Mercy

King Saul wasn’t exactly happy with David at the time, the truth is, he was jealous of him. “Saul has killed his thousands,” the people said, “David his ten thousands.” Usually when there is a disagreement between two people both people are wrong. But frankly, I don’t see where David did anything wrong. As far as I’m concerned, Saul was totally out of line in his behavior toward David. He was wrong when he threw the spear at him. He was wrong when he plotted to have him killed so he could provide a dowry for his daughter’s hand. He was wrong when he sent his goons over to his house to kill him in his own daughter’s bed. He was wrong when he hunted him down like a rabid dog after David fled for his life. Wrong, wrong, wrong—Saul was completely wrong.

But—and this is a big but—Saul was the king. He was God’s anointed. So what should David do? Should David, in the spirit of preserving his own life take matters into his own hand and strike Saul down? His advisors told him to, …