Daily Devotion and Prayer for June 18th, 2024

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The Reign of Uzziah Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah (now he ?was sixteen years old?) and made him king in the place of his father Amaziah. He built Elath and returned it to Judah after the king slept with his ancestors. Uzziah ?was sixteen years old? when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-two years. And the name of his mother was Yecoliah of Jerusalem. And he did what was right in the eyes of Yahweh, according to all that Amaziah his father had done…

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 86:9-17

9  All the nations you have made shall come

and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. 

10  For you are great and do wondrous things;

you alone are God. 

11  Teach me your way, O LORD,

that I may walk in your truth;

unite my heart to fear your name. 

12  I give thanks to you, O Lord my God,

with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. 

13  For great is your steadfast love toward me;

you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol. 

14  O God, insolent men have risen up against me;

a band of ruthless men seeks my life,

and they do not set you before them. 

15  But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,

slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. 

16  Turn to me and be gracious to me;

give your strength to your servant,

and save the son of your maidservant. 

17  Show me a sign of your favor,

that those who hate me may see and be put to shame

because you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me. 

Reading for Tuesday June 18th     2 Chronicles 26-27

The Reign of Uzziah

26 Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah (now he ?was sixteen years old?) and made him king in the place of his father Amaziah. He built Elath and returned it to Judah after the king slept with his ancestors. Uzziah ?was sixteen years old? when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-two years. And the name of his mother was Yecoliah of Jerusalem. And he did what was right in the eyes of Yahweh, according to all that Amaziah his father had done. And he began to seek God in the days of Zechariah who was teaching in visions of God. And ?whenever? he sought Yahweh God made him have success.

And he went out and made war against the Philistines, and he broke down the wall of Gath and the wall of Jabneh and the wall of Ashdod, and he built cities in Ashdod and among the Philistines. And God helped him against the Philistines and against the Arabs who were living in Gur-Baal and Meunim. And the Ammonites gave tribute to Uzziah, and his fame went out to the boundary of Egypt, for he became ?very strong?. And Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the Corner Gate, at the Valley Gate, and at the Angle, and he strengthened them. 10 And he built towers in the desert and hewed many cisterns, for he had much livestock, both in the Shephelah and on the plain, along with farmers and vinedressers in the hills and in the fertile lands, for he loved the soil. 11 And Uzziah had troops ?trained and ready for war? in divisions according to the number of their enrollment at the hand of Jeuel the scribe and Maaseiah the officer, under the hand of Hananiah of the king’s commanders. 12 The whole number of the heads of the ?families? for mighty warriors of strength was two thousand six hundred. 13 And under their hand were army troops numbering three hundred and seven thousand five hundred who could make war with power and strength to help the king against an enemy. 14 And Uzziah prepared small shields, spears, helmets, breastplates, bows, and slingstones for the whole army. 15 And he made siege machines in Jerusalem designed by skillful men to be set upon the towers and upon the corners to shoot arrows and large slingstones. And his fame went out far, for he was helped marvelously until he was strong.

16 But on account of his strength his heart grew proud unto destruction. And he acted unfaithfully against Yahweh his God and went into the temple of Yahweh to offer an incense offering on the altar. 17 And Azariah the priest, and eighty ?strong? priests of Yahweh with him, went in after him. 18 And they stood against King Uzziah and said to him, “It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to Yahweh, but it is for the priests, the descendants of Aaron, who are consecrated to burn incense. Go out of the sanctuary, for you have acted unfaithfully. There will be no honor for you from Yahweh God.” 19 Then Uzziah, his censer in hand to burn incense, became angry. And when he became angry with the priests, then leprosy appeared on his forehead in front of the priests in the house of Yahweh at the altar of incense. 20 When Azariah the chief priest and all the priests turned to him, behold, he was leprous in the forehead. So they rushed him away from there, and he also hastened to go out, for Yahweh had smitten him. 21 So King Uzziah was leprous until the day of his death, and he lived in a separate house as a leper, for he was cut off from the house of Yahweh. And Jotham his son was over the house of the king, judging the people of the land.

22 Now the remainder of the words of Uzziah, from the first to the last, Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, wrote them. 23 And Uzziah slept with his ancestors, and they buried him with his ancestors in the burial field which belonged to the kings, because, they said, “He was leprous.” And Jotham his son reigned in his place.

The Reign of Jotham

27 Jotham ?was twenty-five years old? when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And the name of his mother was Jerusha the daughter of Zadok. And he did what was right in the eyes of Yahweh, according to all that his father Uzziah had done—only he did not go into the temple of Yahweh. But the people still acted corruptly. He built the upper gate of the house of Yahweh, and ?he did much restoration? on the wall of Ophel. And he built cities in the hill country of Judah, and he built forts and towers in the wooded places. Now he fought with the king of the ?Ammonites? and prevailed against them. And the ?Ammonites? gave to him in that year one hundred talents of silver and ten thousand measures of wheat and ten thousand measures of barley. This is what the ?Ammonites? rendered to him, as well as in the second and third year. And Jotham strengthened himself, for he established his ways before Yahweh his God.

Now the remainder of the words of Jotham and all his wars and his ways, behold, they are written upon the scroll of the kings of Israel and Judah. He was ?twenty-five years old? when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And Jotham slept with his ancestors, and they buried him in the city of David. And his son Ahaz became king in his place.

Lord’s Prayer

Daily Prayer

   O God, You make the minds of Your faithful to be of one will.  Grant that we may love what You have commanded and desire what You promise, that among the many changes of this world our hearts may be fixed where true joys are found; 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.