Daily Devotion and Prayer for May 29th, 2024

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Solomon’s Great Wealth And it happened that the weight of the gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred and sixty-six talents of gold, 14 besides that which traders and merchants brought, and all the kings of Arabia and the governors of the land brought gold and silver to Solomon. 15 And King Solomon made two hundred shields of beaten gold; six hundred shekels of beaten gold went into each shield…

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 104:24-35

24  O LORD, how manifold are your works!

In wisdom have you made them all;

the earth is full of your creatures. 

25  Here is the sea, great and wide,

which teems with creatures innumerable,

living things both small and great. 

26  There go the ships, and Leviathan,

which you formed to play in it. 

27  These all look to you,

to give them their food in due season. 

28  When you give it to them,

they gather it up; when you open your hand,

they are filled with good things. 

29  When you hide your face, they are dismayed;

when you take away their breath,

they die and return to their dust. 

30  When you send forth your Spirit,

they are created, and you renew the face of the ground. 

31  May the glory of the LORD endure forever;

may the LORD rejoice in his works, 

32  who looks on the earth and it trembles,

who touches the mountains and they smoke! 

33  I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;

I will sing praise to my God while I have being. 

34  May my meditation be pleasing to him,

for I rejoice in the LORD. 

35  Let sinners be consumed from the earth,

and let the wicked be no more!

Bless the LORD, O my soul! Praise the LORD! 

Reading for Wednesday May 29th     2 Chronicles 9:13-31

Solomon’s Great Wealth

13 And it happened that the weight of the gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred and sixty-six talents of gold, 14 besides that which traders and merchants brought, and all the kings of Arabia and the governors of the land brought gold and silver to Solomon. 15 And King Solomon made two hundred shields of beaten gold; six hundred shekels of beaten gold went into each shield. 16 And he made three hundred small shields of beaten gold; three hundred shekels went into each small shield. And the king put them in the House of the Forest of Lebanon. 17 And the king made a large ivory throne and overlaid it with pure gold. 18 And the throne had six steps, and a footstool of gold was attached to the throne. And there were armrests ?on each side?. And by ?the seat? were two lions standing beside the armrests. 19 And twelve lions were standing there on each of the six steps ?on each end?. And there was nothing like it made in all the kingdom. 20 And all the drinking vessels of King Solomon were of gold, and all the vessels of the House of the Forest of Lebanon were of pure gold. Silver was not valued as anything in the days of Solomon. 21 For the ships of the king went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram. Once ?every three years? the ships of Tarshish came carrying gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks.

22 Thus King Solomon was greater than all the kings of the earth in wealth and wisdom. 23 And all the kings of the earth sought the face of Solomon to hear his wisdom that God put in his heart. 24 And each of them brought his gifts, objects of silver, objects of gold, cloaks, myrrh, spices, horses, and mules, as an amount year by year. 25 And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen. And he stationed them in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem. 26 And he ruled over all the kings from the River to the land of the Philistines, to the boundary of Egypt. 27 And the king made silver in Jerusalem as stones, and he made cedar as the sycamore trees that are in the Shephelah for abundance. 28 And the horses were imported from Egypt and from all lands for Solomon.

The Death of Solomon

29 As for the remainder of the words of Solomon from the first to the last, are they not written in the chronicles of Nathan the prophet and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the seer, concerning Jeroboam the son of Nebat? 30 And Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years. 31 And Solomon slept with his ancestors, and they buried him in the city of David his father. And Rehoboam his son reigned in his place.

Lord’s Prayer

Daily Prayer

   Almighty and gracious Lord, pour out Your Holy Spirit on Your faithful people.  Keep us steadfast in Your grace and truth, protect and deliver us in times of temptation, defend us against all enemies, and grant to Your Church Your saving peace; 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.