Daily Devotion and Prayer for May 6th, 2024

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The Ammonites Humiliate David’s Messengers And it happened that after this Nahash the king of the ?Ammonites? died, and his son reigned in his place. And David said, “I will deal kindly with Hanun the son of Nahash because his father showed kindness to me.” So David sent messengers to comfort him concerning his father. And the servants of David came to the land of the ?Ammonites?, to Hanun, to comfort him.

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 103:6-14

6  The LORD works righteousness and justice

for all who are oppressed. 

7  He made known his ways to Moses,

his acts to the people of Israel. 

8  The LORD is merciful and gracious,

slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 

9  He will not always chide,

nor will he keep his anger forever. 

10  He does not deal with us according to our sins,

nor repay us according to our iniquities. 

11  For as high as the heavens are above the earth,

so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 

12  as far as the east is from the west,

so far does he remove our transgressions from us. 

13  As a father shows compassion to his children,

so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. 

14  For he knows our frame;

he remembers that we are dust. 

Reading for Monday May 6th     2 Chronicles 19-20

The Ammonites Humiliate David’s Messengers

19 And it happened that after this Nahash the king of the ?Ammonites? died, and his son reigned in his place. And David said, “I will deal kindly with Hanun the son of Nahash because his father showed kindness to me.” So David sent messengers to comfort him concerning his father. And the servants of David came to the land of the ?Ammonites?, to Hanun, to comfort him. But the princes of the ?Ammonites? said to Hanun, “?Do you think? because David sent comforters to you that David honors your father? Is it not for the purpose of exploring so as to overthrow and spy out the land that his servants have come to you?” So Hanun took the servants of David and shaved them and cut off their garments at the middle, up to the buttocks, and sent them away. And they went and told David concerning the men, and he inquired of them, for the men were very disgraced. And the king said, “Dwell in Jericho until your beards grow out; then return.”

And when the ?Ammonites? saw that they made themselves odious to David, Hanun and the ?Ammonites? sent one thousand talents of silver to hire for themselves horses and chariots from Aram-Naharaim, Aram-Maacah, and Zobah. And they hired for themselves thirty-two thousand chariots and the king of Maacah and his people, and they came and encamped before Medeba. And the ?Ammonites? were gathered from their cities and came to the battle. And when David heard, he sent Joab and the entire army of mighty warriors. And the ?Ammonites? went out and took up positions for battle at the entrance of the city. And the kings who had come were alone in the field.

10 When Joab saw that there was ?a battle line? against him at the front and the back, he chose from among the chosen men in Israel and arranged them to meet Aram. 11 And the remainder of the people he put in the hand of Abishai his brother, and they were arranged to meet the ?Ammonites?. 12 And he said, “If Aram is too strong for me, then you must be a help to me, but if the ?Ammonites? are too strong for you, then I will help you. 13 Be strong! Let us strengthen ourselves on behalf of our people and on behalf of the cities of our God. And may Yahweh do what is good in his eyes.” 14 And Joab and the people who were with him drew near before Aram for battle, and they fled before him. 15 And when the ?Ammonites? saw that Aram had fled, they also fled before Abishai his brother, and they came to the city. Then Joab came to Jerusalem.

16 And when Aram saw that they were defeated before Israel, they sent messengers and brought out Aram, who was from beyond the Euphrates, with Shophach the commander of the army of Hadadezer before them. 17 And when it was told to David, he gathered all Israel and crossed the Jordan. And he came to them and was arrayed against them. Then David was arrayed to meet Aram in battle, and they fought with him. 18 And Aram fled before Israel. And David killed from Aram the men of seven thousand chariots and forty thousand foot soldiers, and he put to death Shophach the commander of the army. 19 And when the servants of Hadadezer saw that they were defeated before Israel, they made peace with David and became servants to him. So Aram was no longer willing to help the ?Ammonites?.

The Capture of Rabbah

20 And it happened that ?in the spring time of year?, the time when kings go out to battle, Joab led the troops of the army and destroyed the land of the ?Ammonites?. And he came and besieged Rabbah, but David remained in Jerusalem. And Joab struck Rabbah and destroyed it. And David took the crown of their king from his head and found it to weigh a talent of gold. And in it was a precious stone. Then it was placed upon the head of David. And he brought out the booty of the city, a very large amount. And the people who were in it he brought out, and he set them to work with saws and iron implements and axes. Thus David did to all the cities of the ?Ammonites?. Then David returned to Jerusalem, and all the nation with him.

The Philistine Giants Slain

And after this there arose a war in Gezer with the Philistines. Then Sibbecai the Hushathite struck down Sippai, one of the descendants of the Rephaim. And they were subdued. And again there was war with the Philistines. And Elhanan son of Jair struck down Lahmi, the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam. And again there was war in Gath. And there was a ?very tall? man there, and ?he had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in all?. He himself was also a descendant of the Rephaim. And he taunted Israel, but Jehonathan son of Shimea, brother of David, struck him down. These were born to the giants in Gath, and they fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants.

Lord’s Prayer

Daily Prayer

   Lord God, our heavenly Father, You stood afar off, waiting to see Your prodigals appear at the gate.  Then, running to us, You overwhelmed us with grace and invited us to sit at table, to rejoice at our homecoming.  Help us to repent of our sins and strip us of every thought that we might merit Your salvation.  Then bring us home to be with You at the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom which has no end; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

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.