A longer than usual 'song of the day'. Our hymns, spiritual songs, and psalms come to us through people. Very often, those people give us these out of their own experiences and circumstances, some quite tragic or difficult. The Psalms of David, for example, include more than a few composed when he was running for his life. Or praising the Lord who had rescued him from this. Fanny Crosby, who gave us quite a few, was blind about from birth, and who penned these hymns out of her own dependence on the Lord and meditations on His love, nature, and provision. Just a few examples.
Arguably, the best known and favorite of the Christian hymns, at least in America, is "Amazing Grace". It speaks to many of us, our recognition that it has been the Lord's grace, and only that, that has preserved us and is even now changing us. There is a story behind it as well, and this is as good a presentation of that as you are ever likely to see. I strongly urge you click on the link here and listen. Several times. The Lord uses some improbable events to accomplish His purposes, and some of us can testify to that as well.
The assignment in the Old Testament today is chapters 17, 18, and 19 of 1st Chronicles. This is more of the reign of David.
I Chronicles 18
I Chronicles 19
Our New Testament passage is verses 1-21 from chapter 10 in the Gospel of Luke.
Controversy swirls around Jesus. We regard the slanders against Him as borne out of jealousy and desire to maintain position, and that is probably largely true. But at the same time, we need to remember that there were then, and had been, some pretty notorious false prophets, employing the sort of fakery and fast talking that charlatans used to gain the support of some people. Sadly, that same sort of thing is still found today in our world, including on the part of those who claim to be proclaiming Christ, but has also been found all over the world. So some of the skepticism may have been justified . Some. Not all. Always good to be aware of motives, including our own.