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“BREAD OF LIFE” READINGS May 2020

Written by | May, 2020
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TLH = The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941; WS = Worship Supplement 2000; LSB = Lutheran Service Book, 2006

Date Hymns Reading Comments
May 1 TLH 336; LSB 695 1 Samuel 18:1-11 It’s difficult for us to see the success of others without feeling jealous, but jealousy in the heart leads to other sins too. May God preserve us!
May 2 TLH 590 (LSB 755) 1 Samuel 19:1-7 Jonathan interceded for his friend David. It is a blessing when the Lord gives us friends who stand up for us.
May 4 TLH 435 Psalm 63 In his loneliness, David longs for fellowship with God. Then he remembers the Lord’s faithful help and this encourages him, leading him to sing praises and rejoice.
May 5 WS 766 (LSB 671) John 14:1-14 We don’t have to worry about finding the way to Jesus’ place ourselves. He finds us and will take us to be with Him. Trust Him!
May 6 TLH 59 (LSB 398) 1 Samuel 20:30-42 The Lord used Jonathan to save the life of David— who was to be king and the ancestor of Jesus. Saul would not stop God from bringing His Son into the world.
May 7 TLH 433 1 Samuel 21:1-22:5 David’s adventures to escape Saul begin. Ahimelech the priest helped him on his way at Nob— even though it would cost him his life.
May 8 TLH 513 Psalm 64 David’s life was often threatened, but he was confident that the Lord would be with him and with all His believing children.
May 9 TLH 537; LSB 540 John 15:1-8 What a blessing it is to remain in Jesus! You will be connected to His love and He will cause you to bear much “fruit” in your life! Why ever cut yourself off from that?
May 11 TLH 349; LSB 588 John 15:9-17 When we are connected to Christ, the true Vine, He moves us to love Him and one another.
May 12 TLH 607 1 Samuel 22:6-23 Eighty-five priests from the house of Eli were put to death (cf. 1 Sam 2:31-33), but the last one, Abiathar, escaped with David and would help him.
May 13 TLH 526 (LSB 745) 1 Samuel 23:1-14 Clearly, the Lord was responsible for David’s escapes from Saul. When we escape danger, isn’t that the Lord’s doing too?
May 14 TLH 39 (WS 748) Psalm 56 In the end, what can other people really do to hurt us? Nothing. The Lord has already delivered us from death.
May 15 TLH 536 (LSB 868) John 15:18-27 When people hate us for being Christians, it’s hard not to get “riled up” and angry, but remember that their hatred of you is evidence that you are a child of God.
May 16 TLH 233 (LSB 499) John 16:1-16 The Holy Spirit brings you both comfort and truth.
May 18 TLH 517 (LSB 758) 1 Samuel 24:1-13 Rather than take Saul’s life, David left the matter of vengeance in the hands of the Lord.
May 19 TLH 621 (LSB 858) 1 Samuel 25:14-35 A godly wife is a blessing from the Lord. Here Abigail steps in and pleads on behalf of her boorish husband, also keeping David from bloodshed.
May 20 TLH 422; LSB 889 1 Samuel 26:1-12 Saul just won’t give up pursuing David, but once again David leaves vengeance to the Lord— much to Abishai’s dismay.
May 21 TLH 527 (LSB 757) Psalm 69 Christians must sometimes endure scorn and insults for the sake of the Lord, but the Lord is with us when we are in trouble. Praise Him!
May 22 WS 765 (LSB 840) John 16:17-33 What encouragement we have here from Jesus! ”Your joy no one will take from you.” “Ask and you will receive.” “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
May 23 TLH 276 (LSB 684) John 17:1-19 Jesus prays for His disciples that they might be sanctified (set apart) from the evil one and the unbelieving world.
May 25 WS 760 (LSB 544) John 17:20-26 Here Jesus prays for you, me, and all Christians—that we would know the love of God and the glory of Christ.
May 26 TLH 368 1 Samuel 27:1-12 See how many surprising techniques God used to preserve David’s life! Here David finds safety by living in enemy territory, and he even finds time to continue the unfinished conquest of Canaan as well.
May 27 WS 741 (LSB 807) 1 Samuel 28:1-2, 29:1-11 David readied himself to fight with the Philistines against Saul until the Philistines said, “Wait a minute, we’re not sure we can trust this fellow!”
May 28 TLH 522 (LSB 615) 1 Samuel 30:1-20 Having been sent back, David continued his “private war” against the Amalekites. When things looked bad for him and his army, “David found strength in the Lord his God.”
May 29 TLH 402 (LSB 731) 1 Samuel 31:1-13 While David was back fighting the Amalekites, Saul lost his battle (and his life) to the Philistines. On the run for “ten chapters,” the Lord delivered him from his pursuer for good. God is faithful!
May 30 TLH 25 Psalm 71 The Lord is our deliverance and our refuge!

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