Narrative Lectionary Key Verse for Today
NL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, January 1, 2019
by Dr. Kimberly Leetch, Clergy Stuff
Welcome! Chances are as good as not that you are starting these daily devotions today as a New Year’s resolution. For those of you who have been with us for a while, thank you for your time and attention!
If you are new, you’ve likely committed to reading a devotion every. Single. Day. For a year. If you succeed, congratulations! Here’s the trick to developing a new habit: when you miss a day (and you will), don’t give up! Creating a new healthy habit is not a once-and-done affair, nor is it an all-or-nothing deal. So, when you miss a day, just pick it up again the next day. Yeah, it’s just that simple. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Pace yourself.
David wanted desperately to build God a home. He was an eager beaver that way. But God told him to wait. It would be David’s son, Solomon, who would have the honor of building a temple for God. That had to be a difficult reality to face — that, despite David’s commitment to God, he would not get to see the culmination of his efforts to give God a permanent home. Did that deter David? Nope. He remained consistent even though the rewards were reserved for his kid.
So, be patient. New habits take time, and the rewards can be slow in coming. Stick with it. You’ll be glad you did.
Narrative Lectionary Daily Reading:
O Lord, remember in David’s favor all the hardships he endured; how he swore to the Lord and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob,
“I will not enter my house or get into my bed; I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids,
until I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
We heard of it in Ephrathah; we found it in the fields of Jaar.
“Let us go to his dwelling place; let us worship at his footstool.”
Rise up, O Lord, and go to your resting place, you and the ark of your might.
Let your priests be clothed with righteousness, and let your faithful shout for joy.
For your servant David’s sake do not turn away the face of your anointed one.
The Lord swore to David a sure oath from which he will not turn back: “One of the sons of your body I will set on your throne.
If your sons keep my covenant and my decrees that I shall teach them, their sons also, forevermore, shall sit on your throne.”
For the Lord has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his habitation:
“This is my resting place forever; here I will reside, for I have desired it.
I will abundantly bless its provisions; I will satisfy its poor with bread.
Its priests I will clothe with salvation, and its faithful will shout for joy.
There I will cause a horn to sprout up for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed one.
His enemies I will clothe with disgrace, but on him, his crown will gleam.”