Daily Devotion and Prayer for May 23d, 2024

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The Ark Installed in the Temple When all the work that Solomon did for the house of Yahweh was finished, Solomon brought the holy objects of David his father: the silver, the gold, and all the objects he had put into the storehouses of the house of God. Then Solomon assembled all the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the ?families? for the ?Israelites?, to Jerusalem in order to bring up the ark of the covenant of Yahweh from the city of David, which is Zion. And all the men of Israel assembled before the king at the feast that is in the seventh month. And all the elders of Israel came, and the Levites took up the ark…

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 1

1  Blessed is the man who walks

not in the counsel of the wicked,

nor stands in the way of sinners,

nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 

2  but his delight is in the law of the LORD,

and on his law he meditates day and night. 

3  He is like a tree planted by streams of water

that yields its fruit in its season,

and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. 

4  The wicked are not so,

but are like chaff that the wind drives away. 

5  Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,

nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 

6  for the LORD knows the way of the righteous,

but the way of the wicked will perish. 

Reading for Thursday May 23rd     2 Chronicles 5:1-6:11

The Ark Installed in the Temple

5 When all the work that Solomon did for the house of Yahweh was finished, Solomon brought the holy objects of David his father: the silver, the gold, and all the objects he had put into the storehouses of the house of God. Then Solomon assembled all the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the ?families? for the ?Israelites?, to Jerusalem in order to bring up the ark of the covenant of Yahweh from the city of David, which is Zion. And all the men of Israel assembled before the king at the feast that is in the seventh month. And all the elders of Israel came, and the Levites took up the ark. And they brought up the ark, the tent of assembly, and all the holy objects that were in the tent; the Levitical priests brought them up. And King Solomon and the whole community of Israel that was assembled before him were before the ark, sacrificing sheep and cattle that could not be counted nor numbered for abundance. Then the priests brought up the ark of the covenant of Yahweh to its place in the inner sanctuary of the house, into ?the most holy place?, underneath the wings of the cherubim. The cherubim were spreading their wings over the place of the ark, so that the cherubim were covering the ark and over its poles from above. But the poles were so long that the ends of the poles from the ark were seen from before the inner sanctuary, but they could not be seen from the outside. And they are there until this day. 10 There was nothing in the ark but the two stone tablets that Moses had put inside at Horeb on which Yahweh had ?made? a covenant with the ?Israelites? when they went out from Egypt. 11 And when the priests came out of the sanctuary (for all the priests who were present sanctified themselves without keeping their divisions) 12 and all the Levitical singers—Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, their sons, their brothers, dressed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps, and stringed instruments—they were standing to the east of the altar. And with them outside were one hundred and twenty priests who were trumpet blowers. 13 And it was the primary duty of the trumpeters and singers to make themselves heard with one voice, to praise and give thanks to Yahweh. And when a sound from the trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments of song was raised to Yahweh—for he is good, because his loyal love is everlasting—then the house, the house of Yahweh, was filled with a cloud. 14 And the priests were not able to stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of Yahweh filled the house of God.

Solomon Blesses the People

6 Then Solomon said, “Yahweh has decided to dwell in the deep gloom. But I have built for you an exalted house, even a place for you to dwell in forever.” Then the king turned around and blessed all the assembly of Israel, and all the assembly of Israel were standing. And he said, “Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Israel, who spoke with his mouth with David my father, and with his hands he has fulfilled it, saying, ‘From the day that I brought my people out of the land of Egypt I did not choose a city among all the tribes of Israel to build a house in order for my name to be there. Nor did I choose a man to be leader over my people Israel. But I have chosen my name to be there in Jerusalem, and I have chosen David to be over my people Israel.’ Now, it was in the heart of David my father to build a house for the name of Yahweh, the God of Israel. But Yahweh said to David my father, ‘Because it was in your heart to build a house for my name, you did well that it was in your heart, but you yourself will not build the house, but your son who will proceed from your loins; he himself will build the house for my name.’ 10 Now Yahweh has fulfilled his word that he spoke. I have risen in the place of David my father and am seated on the throne of Israel as Yahweh has spoken. I have built the house for the name of Yahweh, the God of Israel. 11 And I have there the ark in which is the covenant of Yahweh that he ?made? with the ?Israelites?.”

Lord’s Prayer

Daily Prayer

   Almighty and everlasting God and Father, You sent Your Son to take our nature upon Himself and to suffer death on the cross that all should follow the example of His great humility.  Mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of our Savior, Jesus Christ, in His patience and also have our portion in His resurrection; through Jesus Christ, 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.