Daily Devotion and Prayer for January 5th, 2024

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The Victory Song of David Then David spoke to Yahweh the words of this song, on the day Yahweh delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. And he said: “Yahweh is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer….

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 37:34-40

Psa 37:34  Wait for the LORD and keep his way,

and he will exalt you to inherit the land;

you will look on when the wicked are cut off. 

Psa 37:35  I have seen a wicked, ruthless man,

spreading himself like a green laurel tree. 

Psa 37:36  But he passed away, and behold, he was no more;

though I sought him, he could not be found. 

Psa 37:37  Mark the blameless and behold the upright,

for there is a future for the man of peace. 

Psa 37:38  But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed;

the future of the wicked shall be cut off. 

Psa 37:39  The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD;

he is their stronghold in the time of trouble. 

Psa 37:40  The LORD helps them and delivers them;

he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,

because they take refuge in him. 

Reading for Friday January 5th     2 Samuel 22:1-30

The Victory Song of David

22 Then David spoke to Yahweh the words of this song, on the day Yahweh delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.

And he said:

“Yahweh is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer.

I take refuge in God, my rock, my shield, and the ?strength? of my salvation.

My stronghold and my refuge, O my savior, you will save me from violence!

I call upon Yahweh who is praiseworthy,

and I am saved from those who hate me.

For the breaker waves of death engulfed me;

the currents of chaos overwhelmed me.

The ropes of Sheol entangled me;

the snares of death confronted me.

In my distress I called upon Yahweh, and to my God I called.

He heard my voice from his temple,

and my cry for help was to his ears.

The earth heaved and shook,

the foundations of heaven trembled and heaved

because ?he was angry?.

Smoke went up from his nostrils and fire from his mouth.

Burning coals devoured, they burned from him.

10 He bowed the heavens and came down;

a very thick cloud was under his feet.

11 He rode upon a cherub and flew;

he was seen on the wings of the wind.

12 He put darkness as a canopy all around him,

a collection of ?thick rain clouds?.

13 From the brightness before him

flamed burning coals of fire.

14 Yahweh thundered from heaven,

and the Most High ?uttered his voice?.

15 He sent arrows and he scattered them,

lightning, and he directed them.

16 Then the channels of water of the sea were exposed,

the foundations of the world,

at the rebuke of Yahweh,

from the blast of the breath of his nostrils.

17 He sent from a high position and took me;

he drew me from mighty waters.

18 He delivered me from my strong enemies,

from those who hate me, for they were mightier than I.

19 They approached me on the day of my disaster,

but Yahweh was my support.

20 He brought me out to a spacious place.

He delivered me because he delighted in me.

21 Yahweh rewarded me according to my righteousness,

according to the cleanness of my hands he recompensed me.

22 For I have kept the ways of Yahweh;

I have not acted wickedly against my God.

23 For all of his ordinances were before me,

and I did not turn aside from his statutes.

24 I was blameless before him,

and I kept myself from my iniquity.

25 Yahweh has recompensed me according to my righteousness,

according to my cleanness before his eyes.

26 With the loyal, you act as loyal,

and with the blameless, you show yourself blameless.

27 With the pure, you show yourself pure,

but with the crooked, you appear as a fool.

28 Humble people you will deliver,

but your eyes are on the haughty, whom you bring down.

29 For you, O Yahweh are my lamp,

and Yahweh lightens my darkness.

30 For by you I can run a raid;

by my God I can leap over a wall.

Lord’s Prayer

Daily Prayer

    Almighty God, through John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ, You once proclaimed salvation.  Now grant that we may know this salvation and serve You in holiness and righteousness all the days of our life; through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, 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.