Daily Devotion and Prayer for January 15th, 2024

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David’s Instructions for Solomon The days of David came near for him to die, and he charged Solomon his son, saying, “I am about to go the way of all the world. Be strong and be ?courageous?. You shall keep the charge of Yahweh your God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, his commandments, his judgments, and his testimonies, as are written in the law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all that you do and everywhere you turn,…

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 29:1-4a, 8-11

Psa 29:1  Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings,

ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. 

Psa 29:2  Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;

worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness. 

Psa 29:3  The voice of the LORD is over the waters;

the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over many waters. 

Psa 29:4  The voice of the LORD is powerful;

Psa 29:8  The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness;

the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. 

Psa 29:9  The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth

and strips the forests bare, and in his temple all cry, “Glory!” 

Psa 29:10  The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;

the LORD sits enthroned as king forever. 

Psa 29:11  May the LORD give strength to his people!

May the LORD bless his people with peace! 

Reading for Monday January 15th     1 Kings 2:1-18

David’s Instructions for Solomon

2 The days of David came near for him to die, and he charged Solomon his son, saying, “I am about to go the way of all the world. Be strong and be ?courageous?. You shall keep the charge of Yahweh your God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, his commandments, his judgments, and his testimonies, as are written in the law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all that you do and everywhere you turn, so that Yahweh may establish his word which he spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons take heed of their way, to walk before me in faithfulness, with all their heart and with all their soul, no man of yours will be cut off from the throne of Israel.’ ”

“Moreover, you also know what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me when he dealt with the two commanders of the armies of Israel, to Abner son of Ner and to Amasa son of Jether, and he murdered them and put the blood of war in a time of peace. He put the blood of war on the leather belt that was on his waist and on the sandals which were on his feet. You must act according to your wisdom, but you must not let his gray hair go down to Sheol in peace. Regarding the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, you shall do loyal love and let them be among those who eat at your table, because they met me when I fled from Absalom your brother. And look, Shimei the son of Gera the son of the Benjaminite from Bahurim is with you. Now he ?cursed me severely? when I went to Mahanaim, but he came down to meet me at the Jordan, so I swore to him by Yahweh, ‘I surely will not kill you with the sword.’ So then, do not leave him unpunished, for you are a wise man, and you will know what you must do to him. You must bring his grey hair down to Sheol with blood.”

10 Then David slept with his ancestors and was buried in the city of David. 11 The days that David reigned over Israel were forty years; he reigned seven years in Hebron and thirty-three years in Jerusalem. 12 Then Solomon sat on the throne of David his father, and his kingdom was firmly established.

Adonijah’s Persistence

13 Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon, and she said, “?Are you coming in peace??” He said, “Peace.” 14 Then he said, “?May I have a word with you??” Then she said, “Go on.” 15 He said, “You know that the kingship was mine and that all Israel had set their face toward me as king, but the kingship turned around and became my brother’s, for it was from Yahweh for him to have it. 16 Now one request I am asking from you, and you must ?not refuse me?.” Then she said to him, “Go on.” 17 He said, “Please speak to King Solomon, for he will not refuse you, so that he will give to me Abishag the Shunnamite as wife.” 18 Then Bathsheba said, “Very well, I will speak to the king concerning you.”

Lord’s Prayer

Daily Prayer

   O Lord, mercifully hear our prayers and having sert us free from the bonds of our sins deliver us from every evil; through 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.