Daily Devotion and Prayer for January 16th


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.


     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 36:1-6, 10

1  To the choirmaster. Of David,

the servant of the LORD.

Transgression speaks to the wicked deep in his heart;

there is no fear of God before his eyes. 

2  For he flatters himself in his own eyes

that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated. 

3  The words of his mouth are trouble and deceit;

he has ceased to act wisely and do good. 

4  He plots trouble while on his bed;

he sets himself in a way that is not good;

he does not reject evil. 

5  Your steadfast love, O LORD,

extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. 

6  Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;

your judgments are like the great deep;

man and beast you save, O LORD. 

10  Oh, continue your steadfast love

to those who know you, and your righteousness

to the upright of heart! 

Reading Ex 33:1-11

Command to Resume Travel

33 And Yahweh spoke to Moses, “Go, go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought up from the land of Egypt, to the land that I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your offspring.’ And I will send an angel before you, and I will drive out the Canaanites, the Amorites, and the Hittites and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, Go to a land flowing with milk and honey, but I will not go up among you, because you are a stiff-necked people, lest I destroy you on the way.” And the people heard this troubling word, and they mourned, and they each did not put their ornaments on themselves.

And Yahweh said to Moses, “Say to the ?Israelites?, ‘You are a stiff-necked people; if one moment I were to go up among you, I would destroy you. And now take down your ornaments from on you, and I will ?decide? what I will do to you.” And the ?Israelites? stripped themselves of their ornaments from Mount Horeb onward.

The Tent outside the Camp

And Moses took the tent and pitched it outside the camp far from the camp, and he called it the tent of assembly, ?and? all seeking Yahweh would go out to the tent of assembly, which was outside the camp. ?And? at the going out of Moses to the tent, all the people would rise and stand, each at the opening of his tent, and gaze after Moses until his entering the tent. ?And? at the entering of Moses into the tent the column of cloud would descend and stand at the opening of the tent, and he would speak with Moses. 10 And all the people would see the column of cloud standing at the opening of the tent, and all the people would rise and bow in worship, each at the opening of his tent. 11 And Yahweh would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his neighbor. And he would return to the camp, and his assistant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not leave the middle of the tent.

Lord’s Prayer

Daily Prayer

   Almighty and everlasting God, You are always more ready to hear than we to pray and always ready to give more than we either desire or deserve.  Pour down on us the abundance of Your mercy; forgive us those things of which our conscience is afraid; and give us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask except by the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You 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.