Daily Devotion and Prayer for January 23d, 2024

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Solomon Continues to Build Solomon built his house over thirteen years, and he finished all of his house. He built the House of the Forest of Lebanon; one hundred cubits its length, fifty cubits its width, and thirty cubits its height, on four rows of cedar pillars and cedar beams atop the pillars. It was covered with cedar above, and the supporting beams which were on the forty-five pillars, fifteen to the row….

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 139:1-6, 12-14

1  To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

O LORD, you have searched me and known me! 

2  You know when I sit down and when I rise up;

you discern my thoughts from afar. 

3  You search out my path and my lying down

and are acquainted with all my ways. 

4  Even before a word is on my tongue,

behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. 

5  You hem me in, behind and before,

and lay your hand upon me. 

6  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

it is high; I cannot attain it. 

12  even the darkness is not dark to you;

the night is bright as the day,

for darkness is as light with you. 

13  For you formed my inward parts;

you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 

14  I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. 

Reading for Tuesday January 23rd    1 Kings 7:1-13

Solomon Continues to Build

7 Solomon built his house over thirteen years, and he finished all of his house.

He built the House of the Forest of Lebanon; one hundred cubits its length, fifty cubits its width, and thirty cubits its height, on four rows of cedar pillars and cedar beams atop the pillars. It was covered with cedar above, and the supporting beams which were on the forty-five pillars, fifteen to the row. There were three rows of specially designed windows; with window to window three times. All of the doorways and the doorframes had four-sided casings, with opening to opposite opening three times.

The hall of pillars he made fifty cubits in its length and thirty cubits in its width, and a porch was ?in front of them?, with pillars and an overhang ?in front of them?. He made the hall of the throne where he would pronounce judgment, the hall of justice, and it was covered with cedar from the floor to the rafters. His house where he would live in the next courtyard on the inside of the porch was like this work, and he would make a house like this porch for the daughter of Pharaoh whom Solomon had taken as wife. All of these were of precious stones, according to the measurement of dressed stone, sawn with a saw ?on all sides?; from the foundation up to the eaves and from the outside up to the great courtyard. 10 The foundation was of precious stones, and large stones of ten cubits and stones of eight cubits 11 with precious stones above, ?just the right size?, and cedar. 12 The great courtyard all around had three rows of dressed stones and a row of cedar beams; for both the courtyard of the inner house of Yahweh and for the porch of the house.

13 King Solomon invited and received Hiram from Tyre.

Lord’s Prayer

Daily Prayer

   Almighty God, in Your mercy guide the course of this world so that Your Church may joyfully serve You in godly peace and quietness 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.