Daily Devotion and Prayer for December 1st

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David Returns to Achish Then David ?thought to himself?, “Now I will perish one day by the hand of Saul! There is nothing better for me but that I must certainly escape to the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will desist from searching for me further in all of the territories of Israel, and so I will escape from his hand…

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.

Amen.

     Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my pleas for mercy!

     In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness! 

     Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan,

     and he hears my voice. 

     Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you;

     He will never permit the righteous to be moved. 

Psalm 34:11-18

11  Come, O children, listen to me;

I will teach you the fear of the LORD. 

12  What man is there who desires life

and loves many days, that he may see good? 

13  Keep your tongue from evil

and your lips from speaking deceit. 

14  Turn away from evil and do good;

seek peace and pursue it. 

15  The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous

and his ears toward their cry. 

16  The face of the LORD is against those who do evil,

to cut off the memory of them from the earth. 

17  When the righteous cry for help,

the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. 

18  The LORD is near to the brokenhearted

and saves the crushed in spirit. 

Reading for Friday December 1st       1 Samuel 27-28

David Returns to Achish

27 Then David ?thought to himself?, “Now I will perish one day by the hand of Saul! There is nothing better for me but that I must certainly escape to the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will desist from searching for me further in all of the territories of Israel, and so I will escape from his hand.” So David got up and crossed over, he and the six hundred men who were with him, to Achish the son of Maoch, the king of Gath. David settled with Achish in Gath, he and his men, each with his household. David took along his two wives Ahinoam ?from Jezreel? and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite. And it was reported to Saul that David had fled to Gath, so ?he no longer searched for him?.

Then David said to Achish, “Please, if I have found favor in your eyes, then let them give me a place in one of the ?country towns? that I can live there. Why should your servant live in ?the royal city? with you?” So Achish gave him Ziklag on that day. (Therefore, Ziklag has belonged to the kings of Judah until this day.) The number of days that David lived in the countryside of the Philistines was one year and four months.

Now David and his men went up and raided the Geshurites and the Girzites and the Amalekites, for they had been living in the land for a long time ?in the direction of? Shur and ?as far as? the land of Egypt. So David struck the land and did not leave a man or a woman alive; he took the sheep, the cattle, the donkeys, the camels, and the clothing. Then he returned and came to Achish. 10 And Achish said, “Against whom have you raided today?” David said, “Against the Negev of Judah and against the Negev of the Jerahmeelites and against the Negev of the Kenites.” 11 And David did not leave alive a man or a woman to bring them back to Gath, thinking, “So that they will not report about us, saying, ‘David did thus and so.’ ” Thus was his practice all the days that he lived in the countryside of the Philistines. 12 And Achish trusted David, saying, “?He has made himself utterly hated? among his people in Israel, and he will be my servant forever.”

28 ?Now? in those days the Philistines gathered their forces for war to fight against Israel. So Achish said to David, “Certainly you realize that you must go out with me in the army, you and your men.” David said to Achish, “Very well, you will know what your servant can do.” Achish said to David, “Very well, I will make you ?my bodyguard? for life.”

Saul Inquires of the Medium at Endor

(Now Samuel had died, and all Israel had mourned for him, and they had buried him in Ramah, his own city. And Saul had expelled the mediums and the soothsayers from the land.) Then the Philistines assembled and came and encamped at Shunem, so Saul assembled all Israel, and they encamped at Gilboa. When Saul saw the army of the Philistines, he was afraid and his heart trembled greatly. And Saul inquired of Yahweh, but Yahweh did not answer him, not by dreams or by the Urim or by the prophets. So Saul said to his servants, “Search for me ?a woman who is a medium? so that I may go to her and inquire of her.” His servants said to him, “Look there is a woman who is a medium in Endor.” So Saul disguised himself and put on other clothes, and he went ?with two of his men?. And they came to the woman by night and he said, “Please consult a spirit for me through ?the ritual pit?, and bring up for me the one whom I tell you.” But the woman said to him, “Look, you know what Saul did, how he exterminated the mediums and the soothsayers from the land! Why are you setting a trap for my life to kill me?” 10 Then Saul swore to her by Yahweh, “?As Yahweh lives?, ?you will not be punished? for this thing.” 11 So the woman asked, “Whom shall I bring up for you?” He said, “Bring up Samuel for me.” 12 When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out with a loud voice, and the woman said to Saul, “Why did you deceive me? You are Saul!” 13 The king said to her, “Do not be afraid! What do you see?” And the woman said to Saul, “I see a god coming up from the ground!” 14 Then he said to her, “What is his appearance?” She said, “An old man is coming up, and ?he is wrapped in a robe?.” Then Saul realized that it was Samuel, and he knelt with his face to the ground and bowed down.

15 Then Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?” And Saul said, “?I am in distress?! For the Philistines are about to make war against me, but God has turned away from me, and he does not answer me any more, not ?by the prophets? or by the dreams. So I called to you to let me know what I should do.” 16 Then Samuel said, “Why do you ask me, since Yahweh has turned away from you and has become your enemy? 17 Yahweh has done to you just as he spoke by my hand! Yahweh has torn the kingdom from your hand and has given it to your neighbor, to David. 18 Because you ?did not obey? Yahweh and did not carry out the fierce anger of his ?wrath? against Amalek, therefore Yahweh has done this thing to you today. 19 And Yahweh will also give Israel with you into the hands of the Philistines, and tomorrow you and your sons will be with me, and Yahweh will also give the army of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.” 20 ?Then Saul immediately fell prostrate? to the ground, and he was very afraid because of the words of Samuel; there was no more strength in him, for he had not eaten food all day and all night. 21 Then the woman came to Saul and realized that he was absolutely terrified, so she said to him, “Look, your female servant ?has obeyed you?, and I have ?risked my life?. I have listened to your words that you have spoken to me. 22 So then, you also please listen to the voice of your female servant, and let me set before you a morsel of bread, and you eat so that ?you will have strength? in you when you go on your way.” 23 But he refused and said, “I will not eat!” However, his servants urged him, and the woman also. So he listened ?to what they said?, and he got up from the ground and sat on the bed. 24 Now the woman had a fattened bull calf in the house, ?so she quickly slaughtered it? and took flour, kneaded dough, and baked him some unleavened bread. 25 She brought it before Saul and his servants, and they ate. Then they got up and went away that very night.

Lord’s Prayer

Daily Prayer

    Lord Jesus Christ, we implore You to hear our prayers and to lighten the darkness of our hearts by Your gracious visitation; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

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.