Daily Devotion and Prayer for December 12th

Miriam’s Song


This Daily Devotion covers the first five books of the Bible, Genesis through Deuteronomy also called the Books of Moses or the Pentateuch, in a period of one year in a Monday through Friday format, the Psalms and order of devotion follow those presented in The Treasury of Daily Prayer from Concordia Publishing House.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.


Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea;

hear me and answer me.

Evening, morning, and noon,

I cry out in distress, and He hears my voice.

Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you;

He will never let the righteous fall.

Psalm 86:1-7

86 A Prayer of David.

             Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me,

for I am poor and needy.

             Preserve my life, for I am godly;

save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God.

             Be gracious to me, O Lord,

for to you do I cry all the day.

             Gladden the soul of your servant,

for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

             For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,

abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.

             Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer;

listen to my plea for grace.

             In the day of my trouble I call upon you,

for you answer me.

Exodus 15:1-21

The Song of Moses

15 Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the LORD, saying,

               “I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously;

the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.

             The LORD is my strength and my song,

and he has become my salvation;

               this is my God, and I will praise him,

my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

             The LORD is a man of war;

the LORD is his name.

             “Pharaoh’s chariots and his host he cast into the sea,

and his chosen officers were sunk in the Red Sea.

             The floods covered them;

they went down into the depths like a stone.

             Your right hand, O LORD, glorious in power,

your right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy.

             In the greatness of your majesty you overthrow your adversaries;

you send out your fury; it consumes them like stubble.

             At the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up;

the floods stood up in a heap;

the deeps congealed in the heart of the sea.

             The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake,

I will divide the spoil, my desire shall have its fill of them.

I will draw my sword; my hand shall destroy them.’

     10       You blew with your wind; the sea covered them;

they sank like lead in the mighty waters.

     11       “Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods?

Who is like you, majestic in holiness,

awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?

     12       You stretched out your right hand;

the earth swallowed them.

     13       “You have led in your steadfast love the people whom you have redeemed;

you have guided them by your strength to your holy abode.

     14       The peoples have heard; they tremble;

pangs have seized the inhabitants of Philistia.

     15       Now are the chiefs of Edom dismayed;

trembling seizes the leaders of Moab;

all the inhabitants of Canaan have melted away.

     16       Terror and dread fall upon them;

because of the greatness of your arm, they are still as a stone,

               till your people, O LORD, pass by,

till the people pass by whom you have purchased.

     17       You will bring them in and plant them on your own mountain,

the place, O LORD, which you have made for your abode,

the sanctuary, O LORD, which your hands have established.

     18       The LORD will reign forever and ever.”

19 For when the horses of Pharaoh with his chariots and his horsemen went into the sea, the LORD brought back the waters of the sea upon them, but the people of Israel walked on dry ground in the midst of the sea. 20 Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women went out after her with tambourines and dancing. 21 And Miriam sang to them:

               “Sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously;

               the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.”

Lord’s Prayer

O God of love those who abide in love abide in You, and You abide in them. Give us such perfect love of You and our neighbor that all fear may be cast out of our hearts and we may with confidence greet You on the Day of Judgment; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, amen.

Daily Prayer

Concluding Prayer

Heavenly Father, send Your Holy Spirit into our hearts to direct and rule us according to Your will, to comfort us in all our afflictions, to defend us from all error, and to lead us into all truth, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.