Scripture: 2 Kings 18:9-19:37; Psalm 46/80/135. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Hezekiah became the King of Judah, and he reigned in Jerusalem for twenty-nine years. Now, he did what was right in God’s eyes, just like his father David had done. Sennacherib, King of Assyria, had threatened Jerusalem. Sennacherib captured all of the fortified cities of Judah, and he then sent a message to Hezekiah to surrender. Hezekiah prayed to God, and God answered Hezekiah’s prayer by sending an army to attack the Assyrian camp, delivering Judah from its enemy. These three beautiful songs speak of God always being there to help us, God is our only hope of salvation, and the difference between the greatness of our Heavenly Father with the powerlessness of false idols. Follow along in 2 Kings 18:9-19:37; Psalm 46/80/135!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Hezekiah was a man of God who placed his faith in God’s strength rather than his own. He always obeyed God’s instructions no matter what obstacles and dangers got in the way. We must follow Hezekiah’s example of placing our complete trust and faith in our Heavenly Father and always obeying His ways for us. Prayer was Hezekiah’s first response when he realized certain situations were hopeless. Prayer should always be our first response in any situation. We can pray daily for God’s guidance. Our God is always there for us, providing security, refuge, and peace. He will never fail to rescue those of us who love Him. God will provide our strength in any circumstance. God will restore us when we ask for forgiveness, turning away from our sins. God is our only true hope of salvation. Psalm 135 is a hymn of praise. God certainly loves and treasures each one of us, more than we could ever imagine. He pours out His great love and mercy on all of those who believe in Him.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Books of 2 Kings and Psalms and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.