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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Daily Devotion for March 24, 2018

<i>David saved by Michal</i>, by Marc Chagall, ca. 1960
David saved by Michal, by Marc Chagall, ca. 1960.



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Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.


Our Oldie this Saturday is a popular song from 1948, Will the Circle Be Unbroken. It is loosely based on the Carter Family's much better known religious song of the same name (which was, itself, based on a hymn).

I am probably one of a handful of people alive who even knows who the Dixieaires were, but I think they were fabulous musicians.

(Notice the old Southern pronounciation of “circle”, something between “sicle” and “soicle”. I had a great-aunt who spoke like this.)

Prayer of Thanks for God's Creation

O  Lord God of Israel and God of the nations, you are the only God in heaven above or the earth below. I walk before you with all my heart. I bless your name in the morning when I rise and in the evening when I sleep, and all the day when your creation fills my eye. Bless me to remember you this day. When I see and hear the thousand miracles of your creation, let me see them anew, recalling that you have made them, and no other; that I may live in your presence among the common miracles I take for granted. Through Christ I pray,


Prayer for Christian Unity

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O  Almighty God, who has built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the head cornerstone: Grant that all who profess the name of Christ may be joined together in unity of spirit and faith, setting aside all doctrinal quibbling of our fallible human minds, that we may be a holy temple, a royal priesthood, acceptable to you, living in unity and Godly love as you have commanded us to do.



[What doctrinal quibbling separates me from love and unity with other Christians?]


May I go in peace, with God and with his other children, and may we love one another as Christ taught us. May I follow the example of good men of old, and may God comfort and help me and all who believe in Him, both in this world and in the world which is to come.


(Additional prayers may be found at Prayers for All Occasions.)
God be with you 'til we meet again.

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Matthew 22:37-40 (ESV)

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.

And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.

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1 Samuel 19:8-23 (NLT)

Saul Tries to Kill David

(As David repeatedly leads Israel in battle, he continuously rises in the affection and regard of the Hebrews. Saul has become increasingly jealous of David and has twice thrown a spear at him.)


hen Saul sent troops to watch David’s house. They were told to kill David when he came out the next morning. But Michal, David’s wife, warned him, “If you don’t escape tonight, you will be dead by morning.” So she helped him climb out through a window, and he fled and escaped. Then she took an idol and put it in his bed, covered it with blankets, and put a cushion of goat’s hair at its head.

When the troops came to arrest David, she told them he was sick and couldn’t get out of bed.

But Saul sent the troops back to get David. He ordered, “Bring him to me in his bed so I can kill him!” But when they came to carry David out, they discovered that it was only an idol in the bed with a cushion of goat’s hair at its head.

“Why have you betrayed me like this and let my enemy escape?” Saul demanded of Michal.

“I had to,” Michal replied. “He threatened to kill me if I didn’t help him.”

So David escaped and went to Ramah to see Samuel, and he told him all that Saul had done to him. Then Samuel took David with him to live at Naioth. When the report reached Saul that David was at Naioth in Ramah, he sent troops to capture him. But when they arrived and saw Samuel leading a group of prophets who were prophesying, the Spirit of God came upon Saul’s men, and they also began to prophesy. . . . Saul himself went to Ramah . . . .

But on the way to Naioth in Ramah the Spirit of God came even upon Saul, and he, too, began to prophesy all the way to Naioth! He tore off his clothes and lay naked on the ground all day and all night, prophesying in the presence of Samuel. The people who were watching exclaimed, “What? Is even Saul a prophet?”

Notes on the Scripture

Saul seems to have a problem with impulse control, among other things. He tried to kill David with a spear in a jealous rage, then repeatedly sends men to kill him, and finally rides out himself, determined to murder David. But, of course, David has now been anointed by God.

Saul is an odd and complex character. Although he has been cursed by God for offenses that are difficult to understand, and often behaves erratically and violently, he never loses his faith in the Lord. There is no hint of idol worship or intentional sacrilege from him. Still, God has anointed David to become King, and Saul, acting on human impulse, seeks to protect his throne.

<i>Michal Lets David Escape from the Window</i>, by Gustave Doré, 1865.
Michal Lets David Escape from the Window, by Gustave Doré, 1865.

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Comments (7)

Topic: Daily Prayer and Christian Devotional
Phyllis Hall (Greenbush, US) says...
reading God's word everyday keeps me close to him.I love the messages and prayer. My whole day goes good when I stay in god's world.God is good all the time and all the time God ie good
24th May 2018 11:01am
Will Powell (Bonifay, US) says...
Really enjoy reading. I read just before I retire at night. I have an unspoken request for prayer. I sing with a gospel group and it seems that Satan is trying to break us up. Love singing for the Lord.
24th March 2018 9:32pm
Bob says...
I remember playing the Dixieaires records,but us Whitefolk never got to see them in a live perfomance.
24th March 2018 12:18pm
William C. (Fort Russell) says...
I liked today's scriptures and commmentary. The choice for a picture at the top of the page - not so much.
Also, I find two things interesting:
1. That Michal even had an idol in her house to use as a ruse
2. That Saul tore off his clothes to prophesy

(I sure wish his words of prophesying would've been recorded!)
24th March 2018 9:30am
Ann Brock (US) says...
Brian and Michelle, thank you for your kind comments regarding the Daily Inspiration that I wrote. Our Lord provides...I just write. God bless both of you. Cool
24th March 2018 9:02am
Brian Steele (Henrico, US) says...
Thank you Ann, for showing me how to rebuild my spiritual house. I really appreciate what you do here.
24th March 2018 8:45am
Michelle G says...
Oh, Ann Brock, your use of metaphors to teach us about our body temples was beautiful. Housing the Holy Spirit is so comforting to me, for she is so good!
I’ve been studying about our armor and am so thankful that the Lord protects us.
Again, an absolutely divine teaching. Thank you. ✝️
24th March 2018 5:56am
Mike Broaddus (Kettering, US) says...
Despair,of all the schemes Satan tries to impose on us as God's chosen despair is number one in His scheme.If We know that one truth and crush it with cheerful courage and a loving trust in Jesus and his will for us we will have the victory as the Battle rages.
23rd March 2018 10:30am
lida (wpg can) says...
Truly enjoyed daily inspiration today.I didn't know that husband & & I, have a serious important meeting with our 2 sons.I shall hold on to the words, not to worry, pray.indeed I will!!!! Also request prayers from you on this wonderful site.
23rd March 2018 10:03am
Tad (Ohio, US) says...
Great site! It's just the right amount of devotional material to start the day. The art work and commentary is interesting, and I don't get the information overload feeling. The recent postings about Saul and David inspired me to read up on the book of Samuel. Nice work!
23rd March 2018 8:37am
Nathan (Martinsburg - PA, US) says...
Grateful for this daily meditation to start my day. Humbled by the opportunity to pray for those requests posted.
23rd March 2018 8:11am
Dianna Dj Jennings (Jacksonville, US) says...
I love u God
23rd March 2018 7:09am
Dianna Dj Jennings (Jacksonville, US) says...
God bess a Americans
23rd March 2018 7:06am
marilyn myer-oliver (Mount Vernon, US) says...
good morning everyone have a blessed day i am requesting a special pray this morning for exam today.god love to all of you and thanks in advance for your prayers.
23rd March 2018 6:53am
Florence Enere (Randolph, US) says...
Pray for my family my oldest son has not spoken to me for many years. Thanks
23rd March 2018 6:09am
Sue Kestin (Stroud, UK) says...
We too appreciate this site. Our morning does not feel right if we have not followed the daily prayer. The explanations to the readings are also very helpful and instructive. God is truly wonderful
23rd March 2018 3:13am
Pat Betterton (Qatar) says...
A couple of days ago I asked this community to pray for my husband who is ill. We were told that the treatment is working. Thank you for your prayers. And thanks be to God!
23rd March 2018 1:03am
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