Daily Devotion and Prayer for January 8th, 2024

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David Extols Yahweh These are the last words of David, the declaration of David the son of Jesse, and the declaration of the man exalted by the Most High, the anointed one of the God of Jacob and the darling of the songs of Israel. “The spirit of Yahweh speaks through me, and his word is upon my tongue. The God of Israel said to me, the rock of Israel has spoken; ‘He who rules over mankind rules righteously…

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 19:1-6, 9-11, 14

1  The heavens declare the glory of God,

and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. 

2  Day to day pours out speech,

and night to night reveals knowledge. 

3  There is no speech, nor are there words,

whose voice is not heard. 

4  Their voice goes out through all the earth,

and their words to the end of the world.

In them he has set a tent for the sun, 

5  which comes out like a bridegroom

leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man,

runs its course with joy. 

6  Its rising is from the end of the heavens,

and its circuit to the end of them,

and there is nothing hidden from its heat. 

9  the fear of the LORD is clean,

enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true,

and righteous altogether. 

10  More to be desired are they than gold,

even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey

and drippings of the honeycomb. 

11  Moreover, by them is your servant warned;

in keeping them there is great reward. 

14  Let the words of my mouth

and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight,

O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. 

Reading for Monday January 8th     2 Samuel 22:31-23:7

31 This God, his way is blameless;

the promise of Yahweh is flawless.

He is a shield to all who take refuge in him.

32 For who is God apart from Yahweh?

And who is a rock apart from our God?

33 God is my strong refuge,

he has fully opened my way.

34 He makes my feet like a doe deer,

and on my high places he has set me.

35 He trains my hands for the war,

so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

36 You have given me the shield of your salvation;

your willingness to help has made me great.

37 You have broadened my steps beneath me;

my ankles have not wobbled.

38 I pursued those who hate me, and I destroyed them.

I did not turn back until finishing them.

39 I wiped them out and I smashed them;

they did not get up; they fell under my feet.

40 You have girded me with physical strength for the battle;

you caused those who rose up against me to kneel under me.

41 ?My enemies you cause to retreat from me?;

I destroy those who hate me.

42 They looked out, but there was no deliverer,

even to Yahweh, but he did not answer them.

43 I beat them fine, like the dust of the earth;

like the mire of the streets, I crushed them, I stamped them down.

44 You delivered me from the strife of my people;

you preserved me as the head of the nations.

A people I had not known served me.

45 Children of a foreign land came cringing to me;

?when they heard of me?, they became obedient to me.

46 Children of a foreign land lost heart

and came trembling from their strongholds.

47 Yahweh lives! Blessed be my rock!

May God, the rock of my salvation, be exalted!

48 God does vengeance for me,

bringing down peoples under me.

49 He brings me out from my enemies,

and from those who rose up against me you lift me up,

and from men of violence you rescue me.

50 Therefore I will extol you, Yahweh, among the nations!

I will sing praises to your name!

51 He makes great salvation for his king

and shows loyal love to his anointed one, David

and to his descendants forever.”

David Extols Yahweh

23 These are the last words of David, the declaration of David the son of Jesse, and the declaration of the man exalted by the Most High, the anointed one of the God of Jacob and the darling of the songs of Israel. “The spirit of Yahweh speaks through me, and his word is upon my tongue. The God of Israel said to me, the rock of Israel has spoken; ‘He who rules over mankind rules righteously, in the fear of God. Like the light of the morning when the sun rises, shining with no clouds, bringing vegetation from the earth apart from rain.’ Yet not so is my house with God, for he made an everlasting covenant for me, arranging everything. He has secured all my deliverance, and all my desire he will cause to happen. But evil persons are like thorns cast aside; all of them, because they cannot be picked up in the hand. And if a man wants to touch them, he must use an iron instrument or the shaft of a spear; then they are consumed entirely with fire on the spot.”

Lord’s Prayer

Daily Prayer

    O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of Your people who call upon You and grant that they both perceive and know what things they ought to do and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfill the same; 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.