+ DAILY PRAYER +
Reading Deut 1:21-46 – See, Yahweh your God has set before you the land; go up and possess it as Yahweh the God of your ancestors said to you; do not fear and do not be dismayed.’ 22 “Then all of you approached me, and you said, ‘Let us send men ?before us?, and let them explore the land for us, and let them bring back ?a report? to us concerning the way that ?we should take?and concerning the cities that we shall come to….
This Daily Devotion covers the first five books of the Bible, Genesis through Deuteronomy also called the Books of Moses or the Pentateuch, in a period of one year in a Monday through Friday format, the Psalms and order of devotion follow those presented in The Treasury of Daily Prayer from Concordia Publishing House.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
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 31:9-10, 14-19
9 Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress;
my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and my body also.
10 For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away.
14 But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in your hand;
rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
16 Make your face shine on your servant;
save me in your steadfast love!
17 O LORD, let me not be put to shame, for I call upon you;
let the wicked be put to shame; let them go silently to Sheol.
18 Let the lying lips be mute,
which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt.
19 Oh, how abundant is your goodness,
which you have stored up for those who fear you
and worked for those who take refuge in you,
in the sight of the children of mankind!
Reading Deut 1:21-46
21 See, Yahweh your God has set before you the land; go up and possess it as Yahweh the God of your ancestors said to you; do not fear and do not be dismayed.’
22 “Then all of you approached me, and you said, ‘Let us send men ?before us?, and let them explore the land for us, and let them bring back ?a report? to us concerning the way that ?we should take? and concerning the cities that we shall come to.’ 23 The plan was good ?in my opinion?, and so I took from among you twelve men, ?one from each tribe?. 24 And they ?set out? and ?went up into the hill country?, and they went up to the valley of Eshcol, and they spied out the land. 25 They took in their hands ?some of the fruit? of the land, and they brought it down to us, and they brought to us back ?a report?, and they said, ‘The land that Yahweh our God is giving to us is good.’ 26 But you were not willing to go up, and you rebelled against the ?command? of Yahweh your God. 27 And you grumbled in your tents, and you said, ‘Because of the hatred of Yahweh toward us he has brought us out from the land of Egypt to give us into the hand of the Amorites to destroy us. 28 Where can we go up? Our brothers have ?made our hearts melt?, ?saying?, “The people are greater and taller than we are, and there are great fortified cities reaching up to heaven, and we saw the sons of the Anakites living there.” ’
29 “And so I said to you, ‘Do not be terrified, and do not fear them. 30 Yahweh your God, who is going ?before you?, will himself fight for you, ?just as? he did for you in Egypt before your eyes, 31 and just as he did in the wilderness when you saw that Yahweh your God carried you, just as someone carries his son, all along the way that you traveled until ?you reached? this place.’ 32 But through all of this you did not trust in Yahweh your God, 33 ?who goes? ?before you? on your way, seeking a place for your encampment, in fire at night and in a cloud by day, to show you the way that ?you should go?.
34 “Then Yahweh heard the sound of your words, and he was angry, and he swore, ?saying?, 35 ‘No one of these men of this evil generation will see the good land that I swore to give to your ancestors, 36 except Caleb, the son of Jephunneh; he himself shall see it, and to him I will give the land upon which he has trodden and to his sons because ?he followed Yahweh unreservedly?.’ 37 Even with me Yahweh was angry because of you, saying, ‘Not even you shall enter there. 38 Joshua, the son of Nun, ?your assistant?, will go there; encourage him because he will cause Israel to inherit it. 39 And your little children, who you thought shall become plunder, and your sons, who do not today know good or bad, shall themselves go there, and I will give it to them, and they shall take possession of it. 40 But you turn and set out in the direction of the wilderness by way of the ?Red Sea?.’
41 “You replied and said to me, ‘We have sinned against Yahweh, and now we will go up and fight according to all that Yahweh our God commanded us’; and so each man fastened on ?his battle gear?, and you regarded it as easy to go up into the hill country. 42 So Yahweh said to me, ‘Say to them, “You shall not go up, and you shall not fight because I am not in your midst; you will be defeated ?before? your enemies.” ’ 43 So I spoke to you, but you did not listen; you rebelled against the ?command of Yahweh?; you behaved presumptuously, and you went up into the hill country. 44 The Amorites living in the hill country went out ?to oppose you? and chased you as a swarm of wild honey bees do; and so they ?beat? you down in Seir as far as Hormah. 45 So you returned and wept ?before Yahweh?; but Yahweh did not listen to your voice and did not pay any attention to you. 46 You stayed in Kadesh many days; such were the days that you stayed there.
Almighty God, graciously behold this Your family for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed and delivered into the hands of sinful men to suffer death upon the cross; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
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.