Daily Devotion and Prayer for May 9th, 2024

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David Organizes the Levites Now David was old and full of days. And he made Solomon his son king over Israel. And he assembled all the commanders of Israel and the priests and the Levites. And the Levites from ?thirty years old? and above were counted, and their number according to their head count for the men was thirty-eight thousand. Of these, David said, “Twenty-four thousand are to direct the work of the house of Yahweh, along with six thousand judges and officials,…

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 130

1  Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD! 

2  O Lord, hear my voice!

Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! 

3  If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities,

O Lord, who could stand? 

4  But with you there is forgiveness,

that you may be feared. 

5  I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,

and in his word I hope; 

6  my soul waits for the Lord

more than watchmen for the morning,

more than watchmen for the morning. 

7  O Israel, hope in the LORD!

For with the LORD there is steadfast love,

and with him is plentiful redemption. 

8  And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities. 

Reading for Thursday May 9th     2 Chronicles 23

David Organizes the Levites

23 Now David was old and full of days. And he made Solomon his son king over Israel. And he assembled all the commanders of Israel and the priests and the Levites. And the Levites from ?thirty years old? and above were counted, and their number according to their head count for the men was thirty-eight thousand. Of these, David said, “Twenty-four thousand are to direct the work of the house of Yahweh, along with six thousand judges and officials, four thousand gatekeepers, and four thousand offering praise to Yahweh with the instruments that I have made for praise.” And David organized them in divisions according to the sons of Levi: to Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

For the Gershonites were Ladan and Shimei. The sons of Ladan: Jehiel the chief and Zetham and Joel, three. The sons of Shimei: Shelomoth, Haziel, and Haran, three. These were the heads of the ?families? of Ladan. 10 And the sons of Shimei: Jahath, Zina, Jeush, and Beriah; these four were the sons of Shimei. 11 And Jahath was the chief, and Zizah the second, but Jeush and Beriah did not have many sons. They were enrolled as one for the house of a father.

12 The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel, four. 13 The sons of Amram: Aaron and Moses. And Aaron was set apart to consecrate the most holy things. He and his sons were to burn offerings forever before Yahweh to serve him and to bless in his name forever. 14 But Moses the man of God and his sons were reckoned among the tribe of Levi. 15 The sons of Moses: Gershom and Eliezer. 16 The sons of Gershom: Shebuel the chief. 17 And the sons of Eliezer were Rehabiah, the head. And Eliezer had no other sons, but the sons of Rehabiah were very many. 18 The sons of Izhar: Shelomith the chief. 19 The sons of Hebron: Jeriah the chief, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth. 20 The sons of Uzziel: Micah the chief and Isshiah the second.

21 The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Mahli: Eleazar and Kish. 22 And Eleazar died, and he did not have sons, but only daughters. And the sons of Kish, their relatives, married them. 23 The sons of Mushi: Mahli, Eder, and Jeremoth, three.

24 These were the sons of Levi according to the house of their fathers, the heads of the ?families?, according to their enrollment, by the number of the names, according to their head count, who were to do the work of the service of the house of Yahweh, from ?twenty years old? and above. 25 For David said, “Yahweh, the God of Israel, has given rest to his people, and he dwells in Jerusalem forever. 26 And also, the Levites do not need to carry the tabernacle and all its vessels for its service.” 27 For by the last words of David, they are the number of the sons of Levi, from ?twenty years old? and above. 28 For their station was ?to assist? the sons of Aaron with the service of the house of Yahweh, over the courtyards, over the chambers, and over the cleansing of all the sanctified objects, and with the work of the service of the house of God, 29 and with the rows of bread, the flour, the grain offering, the wafers of unleavened bread, the baked offering, the offering mixed with oil, and for all the amounts and measurements. 30 And they were to stand ?every morning?, thanking and praising Yahweh, and likewise in the evening, 31 and for every burnt offering offered to Yahweh, on Sabbaths, on new moon festivals, and at the appointed feasts, according to the customary number ?required of them?, regularly before Yahweh. 32 And they shall keep the responsibility of the tent of assembly, the responsibility of the sanctified objects, and the responsibility of the sons of Aaron, their brothers, to serve the house of Yahweh.

Lord’s Prayer

Daily Prayer

   Almighty God, as Your only begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, ascended into the heavens, so may we also ascend in heart and mind and continually dwell there with Him, 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.