Happy Thanksgiving – Daily Devotion and Prayer for November 23d

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Saul Takes Revenge on the Priests Who Helped David David went from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and all his father’s household heard, they came down to him there. Every man in distress and every man who had a creditor and every embittered man gathered to him, and he became their commander….

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 39:4-12

4  “O LORD, make me know my end

and what is the measure of my days;

let me know how fleeting I am! 

5  Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths,

and my lifetime is as nothing before you.

Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah 

6  Surely a man goes about as a shadow!

Surely for nothing they are in turmoil;

man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather! 

7  “And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?

My hope is in you. 

8  Deliver me from all my transgressions.

Do not make me the scorn of the fool! 

9  I am mute; I do not open my mouth,

for it is you who have done it. 

10  Remove your stroke from me;

I am spent by the hostility of your hand. 

11  When you discipline a man with rebukes for sin,

you consume like a moth what is dear to him;

surely all mankind is a mere breath! Selah 

12  “Hear my prayer, O LORD,

and give ear to my cry; hold not your peace at my tears!

For I am a sojourner with you, a guest, like all my fathers. 

Reading for Thursday November 23rd     1 Samuel 22

Saul Takes Revenge on the Priests Who Helped David

22 David went from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and all his father’s household heard, they came down to him there. Every man in distress and every man who had a creditor and every embittered man gathered to him, and he became ?their commander?. Now there were about four hundred men with him. And David went up from there to Mizpah of Moab. He said to the king of Moab, “Please let my father and my mother ?stay? with you until I know what God will do for me.” So ?he brought them before the king of Moab?, and they stayed with him all the days David was in the stronghold.

Then Gad the prophet said to David, “You should not stay in the stronghold; leave and go into the land of Judah.” So David left and came to the forest of Hereth. Now Saul heard that David and the men who were with him had been located. Saul was sitting at Gibeah under the tamarisk tree at Ramah. Now his spear was in his hand and all his servants were stationed around him. Then Saul said to the servants who were standing around him, “Please listen, ?Benjaminites?! Will the son of Jesse give you all fields and vineyards? Will he make all of you commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds? For all of you have conspired against me, and ?no one discloses to me? the ?making? of an agreement between my son and the son of Jesse! None of you have had sympathy for me or ?disclosed to me? that ?my son commissioned my servant against me to ambush me? as has been done this day!”

But Doeg the Edomite, who was stationed among the servants of Saul, answered and said, “I saw the son of Jesse going to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub. 10 And he inquired of Yahweh for him and gave him provisions and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine.” 11 So the king sent to summon Ahimelech the son of Ahitub the priest, and all his father’s household, the priests who were at Nob. So all of them came to the king. 12 Saul said, “Listen please, son of Ahitub.” He said, “Here I am, my lord.” 13 Then Saul said to him, “Why did you conspire against me, you and the son of Jesse, when you gave to him bread and a sword, and by inquiring of God for him so that he might arise against me to ambush me as has been done this day?” 14 But Ahimelech answered the king and said, “And who among all your servants is as faithful as David? He is the son-in-law of the king who moves quickly to safeguard you and is honored in your house. 15 Only today I began to inquire of God for him. Far be it from me that ?the king should impute anything against his servant? or against my father’s household, for your servant has not known any of this matter, little or much.” 16 Then the king said, “You must certainly die, Ahimelech, you and all your father’s household!” 17 So the king said to the runners who were stationed around him, “Turn and kill the priests of Yahweh, because ?they also support David? and because they knew that he was fleeing and ?did not disclose it to me?.” But the servants of the king were not willing to raise their hand to attack the priests of Yahweh. 18 Then the king said to Doeg, “You turn and attack the priests!” So Doeg the Edomite turned and attacked the priests himself, and on that day he killed eighty-five men who wore the linen ephod. 19 And ?he put to the sword? Nob, the city of the priests, from man to woman, from child to infant, and ox and donkey and sheep; all ?to the sword?.

20 But, one of the sons of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, whose name was Abiathar, escaped and fled after David. 21 Abiathar told David that Saul had killed the priests of Yahweh. 22 Then David said to Abiathar, “I knew on that day that Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would certainly tell Saul. ?I am responsible for the deaths of all your father’s household?! 23 Stay with me! Do not fear, because he who seeks my life seeks your life. You are in good care with me.”

Lord’s Prayer

Daily Prayer

    Almighty God, Your servant Clement of Rome called the Church to Corinth to repentance and faith to unite them in Christian love.  Grant that Your Church may be anchored in Your truth by the presence of the Holy Spirit and kept blameless in Your service until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, 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.