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My Prayer for Today

My Prayer for Today
PSALM 40
Faith Persevering in Trial
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. 
   1      I awaited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me,            And heard my cry.      2      He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,            Out of the miry clay,            And set my feet upon a rock,            And established my steps.      3      He has put a new song in my mouth—            Praise to our God;            Many will see it and fear,            And will trust in the LORD. 
    4      Blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust,            And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.      5      Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works            Which You have done;            And Your thoughts toward us            Cannot be recounted to You in order;            If I would declare and speak of them,            They are more than can be numbered. 
    6      Sacrifice and offering You did not desire;            My ears You have opened.        …

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

May 14: A Sense of History
1 Chronicles 1:1–54

When I was in sixth grade, my teacher assigned our class a family genealogy and history project. At first it was frustrating. It seemed like unnecessary work. But eventually I became obsessive over it as I discovered our family stories. Many of us share this same experience; we've uncovered ancestors who have done great things. Through this process, we can begin to understand not just these people of history, but also ourselves.
Although we may be especially interested in our own family history, who doesn’t skip (or at least think about skipping) the genealogies of the Bible? Even if we’re serious about reading biblical books front to back, we prefer to skip over the long lists of names. But that would be a mistake in the case of 1 Chr 1:1–54. This genealogy is about human history leading up to a monumental person: King David. The lineage also makes the book of Ruth incredibly relevant: Boaz, Ruth’s husband, shows up in the line (1 Chr…