Daily Devotion and Prayer for December 8th

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The House of David Grows Stronger The battle was prolonged between the house of Saul and the house of David, but David ?was growing stronger and stronger? while the house of Saul ?was becoming weaker and weaker?. And sons were born to David in Hebron; his firstborn was Amnon by Ahinoam ?from Jezreel?….

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 11

1  To the choirmaster. Of David.

In the LORD I take refuge; how can you say to my soul,

“Flee like a bird to your mountain, 

2  for behold, the wicked bend the bow;

they have fitted their arrow to the string

to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart; 

3  if the foundations are destroyed,

what can the righteous do?” 

4  The LORD is in his holy temple;

the LORD’s throne is in heaven;

his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man. 

5  The LORD tests the righteous,

but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence. 

6  Let him rain coals on the wicked;

fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup. 

7  For the LORD is righteous; he loves righteous deeds;

the upright shall behold his face. 

Reading for Friday December 8th       2 Samuel 3:1-23

The House of David Grows Stronger

3 The battle was prolonged between the house of Saul and the house of David, but David ?was growing stronger and stronger? while the house of Saul ?was becoming weaker and weaker?. And sons were born to David in Hebron; his firstborn was Amnon by Ahinoam ?from Jezreel?. His second was Kileab by Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; the third was Absalom the son of Maacah, who was the daughter of Talmai the king of Geshur. The fourth was Adonijah the son of Haggith; the fifth was Shephatiah the son of Abital. The sixth was Ithream by Eglah the wife of David. These were born to David in Hebron.

As the war between the house of Saul and the house of David was continuing, Abner was strengthening himself in the house of Saul. Saul had had a concubine, and her name was Rizpah the daughter of Aiah. Then Ish-Bosheth said to Abner, “Why ?did you have sex with? my father’s concubine?” ?Abner became very angry? at the words of Ish-Bosheth, and he said, “Am I the head of a dog which is for Judah today? Do I not continue to show loyal love with the house of Saul your father, to his brothers, and to his friends? I have not let you fall into the hands of David, yet you have ?accused me of sin with this woman? today. Thus ?may God punish Abner?, ?if I do not accomplish what Yahweh has sworn to David?; 10 specifically, to transfer the kingdom from the house of Saul and to establish the throne of David over Israel and over Judah from Dan to Beersheba!” 11 And Ish-Bosheth was no longer able to ?answer? Abner ?because he feared him?.

Abner Pledges Support for David

12 Abner sent messengers to David ?where he was?, saying, “To whom does the land belong? ?Make your covenant with me?! Look, my hand is with you to bring all of Israel over to you!” 13 He said, “Good. ?I will make a covenant with you?. I am asking only one thing from you: You shall not see my face unless you bring Michal the daughter of Saul when you come to see ?me?.” 14 Then David sent messengers to Ish-Bosheth the son of Saul, saying, “Give me my wife Michal whom I betrothed to myself for a hundred foreskins of the Philistines.” 15 So Ish-Bosheth sent and took her from her husband, from Paltiel the son of Laish. 16 But her husband went with her, ?weeping all along? after her as far as Bahurim. Then Abner said to him, “Go and return.” So he returned.

17 The word of Abner ?came to? the elders of Israel, saying, “?For quite some time? you were seeking David as king over you. 18 So then, bring it about, because Yahweh had said to David, “Through the hand of David my servant I am about to save my people Israel from the hand of the Philistines and from the hand of all their enemies.” 19 Abner also spoke ?privately to Benjamin?. Abner also went ?to speak to David? in Hebron, all that was good in the eyes of Israel and in the eyes of all the house of Benjamin.

20 Then Abner came to David in Hebron and with him were twenty men. David had prepared a feast for Abner and for the men who were with him. 21 And Abner said to David, “Let me get up and go and gather all of Israel to my lord the king, that they may ?make a covenant? with you so you can reign over all which your soul desires.” So David dismissed Abner, and he left in peace. 22 And look, the servants of David and Joab came from the raid, and they brought much plunder with them. But Abner was not with David at Hebron, for he had dismissed him, and he had gone in peace. 23 When Joab and all the army that was with him came, they told Joab, “Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he sent him away, and he left in peace.”

Lord’s Prayer

Daily Prayer

    Lord God, heavenly Father, in Holy Baptism You anointed us with holy chrism and healed us of all sin, making us little Christs who bear in our body Your Son our Savior.  Continue to strengthen us by Your Holy Spirit so that we may embody Christ in the world through our words and in our actions; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

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.