Daily Devotion for May 15, 2018
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.
In open fields of wild flowers,
she breathes the air and flies away.
She thanks her Jesus for the daises and the roses
in no simple language.
Someday she'll understand the meaning of it all
He's more than the laughter or the stars in the heavens.
As close a heartbeat or a song on her lips
Someday she'll trust Him and learn how to see Him;
Someday He'll call her and she will come running
and fall in His arms and the tears will fall down and she'll pray,
I want to fall in love with You. [x4]
Sitting silent wearing Sunday best
The sermon echoes through the walls
A great salvation through it calls to the people
who stare into nowhere, and can't feel the chains on their souls.
He's more than the laughter or the stars in the heavens
As close a heartbeat or a song on our lips.
Someday we'll trust Him and learn how to see Him;
Someday He'll call us and we will come running
and fall in His arms and the tears will fall down and we'll pray,
It seems too easy to call you "Savior",
Not close enough to call you "God"
So as I sit and think of words I can mention
to show my devotion
My heart beats for You.
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Daniel Mason,
Matthew Ryan Bronleewe, Dan Haseltine, Charlie Lowell
For the Day's Work
O God, who orders all things in heaven and earth: Help me to go about the tasks and duties of this day with the remembrance that I am your servant therein. Make me honest, painstaking, and cheerful, and grant that all I do and say may bring good to others and glory to your Holy Name; through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
Prayer for All People
O God, the creator and preserver of all mankind, I humbly pray to you for all sorts and conditions of humanity; that it might please you to make your Word known to them and bring your saving health to all nations. In particular I pray for the entirety of your church, in all of its many forms; that it may be guided and governed by your Holy Spirit, and that all who profess your name and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth. May all of us live in that unity of spirit which our faith in Christ provides to us, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life.
Finally, I commend to your fatherly goodness all those who are ill or in distress, in their mind, body, or circumstances. May it please you to comfort and relieve them in accordance with their needs, giving them patience during their suffering, and a fortunate outcome to all of their problems. And this I ask in the name of Jesus Christ, who was always pleased to relieve the suffering of those he encountered.
Now to him who is able to keep us from stumbling and to present ourselves blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever.
(Additional prayers may be found at Prayers for All Occasions.)
God be with you 'til we meet again.
Today’s “Remember the Bible” Question
What is generally considered the first book of the Bible to be written down?
Answer: Job, believed to have been written @ 600 BC (with guesses ranging from 300 BC to 1500 BC), is generally thought to be the oldest book. But a Hebrew writing similar to a passage from Exodus, dating to @ 1000 BC, was recently discovered.
1 John 3:18 (ESV)
Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
2 Samuel 5:17-25 (NLT)
David Conquers the Philistines
When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king of Israel, they mobilized all their forces to capture him. But David was told they were coming, so he went into the stronghold. The Philistines arrived and spread out across the valley of Rephaim. So David asked the Lord, “Should I go out to fight the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?”
The Lord replied to David, “Yes, go ahead. I will certainly hand them over to you.”
So David went to Baal-perazim and defeated the Philistines there. “The Lord did it!” David exclaimed. “He burst through my enemies like a raging flood!” So he named that place Baal-perazim (which means “the Lord who bursts through”). The Philistines had abandoned their idols there, so David and his men confiscated them.
But after a while the Philistines returned and again spread out across the valley of Rephaim. And again David asked the Lord what to do. “Do not attack them straight on,” the Lord replied. “Instead, circle around behind and attack them near the poplarThis is a guess. The meaning of the Hebrew word translated “poplar” is unknown. trees. When you hear a sound like marching feet in the tops of the poplar trees, be on the alert! That will be the signal that the Lord is moving ahead of you to strike down the Philistine army.” So David did what the Lord commanded, and he struck down the Philistines all the way from Gibeon to Gezer.
Notes on the Scripture
he Philistines clearly did not like David’s consolidation of power; their strategy of attacking him quickly, before he could make any further gains, does not seem like a bad idea (except that, of course, they got badly beaten). The Valley of Rephaim, where the Philistine army assembled, is a sizable valley to the west of Jerusalem, and the Philistines would have cut off Jerusalem from the area around Bethlehem by occupying it.
God was still, at this time, in direct contact with the Hebrews and going before them into battle. The passage gives Him credit for the second, decisive victory; not only was the strategy of circling around behind them given to David by the Lord, but the passage indicates that God Himself struck the Philistine army.
The area between Gibeon and Gezer is sizable; David's victory over the Philistines was an enormous boon to him, at a time when his power base was new and still rather tentative.