Daily Devotion and Prayer for November 22nd

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David Encounters the Priests of Nob Now David came to Nob, to Ahimelech the priest. And Ahimelech came trembling to meet David, and he said to him, “Why are you alone and there are no men with you?” So David said to Ahimelech the priest, “The king charged me with a matter and said to me,…

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.

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 111

1  Praise the LORD!

I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart,

in the company of the upright, in the congregation. 

2  Great are the works of the LORD,

studied by all who delight in them. 

3  Full of splendor and majesty is his work,

and his righteousness endures forever. 

4  He has caused his wondrous works

to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and merciful. 

5  He provides food for those who fear him;

he remembers his covenant forever. 

6  He has shown his people the power of his works,

in giving them the inheritance of the nations. 

7  The works of his hands are faithful and just;

all his precepts are trustworthy; 

8  they are established forever and ever,

to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness. 

9  He sent redemption to his people;

he has commanded his covenant forever.

Holy and awesome is his name! 

10  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;

all those who practice it have a good understanding.

His praise endures forever! 

Reading for Wednesday November 22nd     1 Samuel 21

David Encounters the Priests of Nob

21 Now David came to Nob, to Ahimelech the priest. And Ahimelech came trembling to meet David, and he said to him, “Why are you alone and there are no men with you?” So David said to Ahimelech the priest, “The king charged me with a matter and said to me, ‘No one must know anything about this matter on which I am sending you, with which I have charged you and the servants.’ ” So ?I have arranged to meet with my servants at a certain place?. Now then, ?what do you have at hand?? Give me five loaves of bread or ?whatever is here?.” The priest answered David and said, “There is no ordinary bread ?here at hand?; there is only holy bread, but only if the young men have kept themselves from women.” David answered the priest and said to him, “Indeed, women were held back from us ?as it has been when I’ve gone out before?. And the things of the young men are holy when it is an ordinary journey. ?How much more? ?today? will the things be holy?” So the priest gave him the holy bread, for there was no bread there except the bread of the Presence, which was removed from before Yahweh, in order to set hot bread there on the day when it was taken away.

Now there was a man from the servants of Saul on that day, detained before Yahweh, whose name was Doeg the Edomite, the chief of Saul’s shepherds. David asked Ahimelech, “Is there not ?at your disposal? a spear or a sword? For I took neither my sword nor my weapons with me because the king’s matter was urgent.” So the priest said, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine whom you killed in the valley of Elah is here, wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want to take it for yourself, then take it, for there is no other except it here.” And David said, “There is none like it; give it to me.”

David Flees to Achish in Gath

10 So David got up and fled on that day from the presence of Saul, and he came to Achish the king of Gath. 11 The servants of Achish said to him, “Is not this David the king of the land? Is it not for this one that they sang in the dances, saying, ‘Saul killed his thousands, but David his ten thousands?’ ” 12 ?David took these words seriously? and ?felt severely threatened by? Achish the king of Gath. 13 So he changed his behavior ?before them? and pretended to be mad ?in their presence?. He made scratches on the doors of the gate and let his saliva run down into his beard. 14 Then Achish said to his servants, “Look, you see a madman! Why did you bring him to me? 15 Do I lack madmen that you have brought this one to act like a madman before me? Should this one enter my household?”

Lord’s Prayer

Daily Prayer

    Lord God, heavenly Father, send forth Your Son, we pray, to lead home His bride, the Church, that with all the company of the redeemed we may finally enter into His eternal wedding feast; 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.