Day 140 – David’s Prayer of Thanksgiving

Thoughts and Reflection

In today’s reading, we learn that we will soon transition from the life of David to his son Solomon. David reflects on his life and proclaims that the Lord saved him because he loves him. He looks back on his life and rejoices despite all his failures. We need to look back on our lives and review all the victories and defeats.

Have you reflected on your life?

About This Project

For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!

Daily Readings

2 Samuel 22

1 David addressed the words of this song to Yahweh, when Yahweh had delivered him from the clutches of all his enemies and from the clutches of Saul.

2 He said: Yahweh is my rock and my fortress,

3 my deliverer is my God. I take refuge in him, my rock, my shield, my saving strength, my stronghold, my place of refuge. My Saviour, you have saved me from violence;

4 I call to Yahweh, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my foes.

5 With Death’s breakers closing in on me, Belial’s torrents ready to swallow me,

6 Sheol’s snares on every side of me, Death’s traps lying ahead of me,

7 I called to Yahweh in my anguish, I cried for help to my God, from his Temple he heard my voice, my cry came to his ears!

8 Then the earth quaked and rocked, the heavens’ foundations shuddered, they quaked at his blazing anger.

9 Smoke rose from his nostrils, from his mouth devouring fire (coals were kindled at it).

10 He parted the heavens and came down, a storm-cloud underneath his feet;

11 riding one of the winged creatures, he flew, soaring on the wings of the wind.

12 He wrapped himself in darkness, his pavilion dark waters and dense cloud.

13 A brightness lit up before him, hail and blazing fire.

14 Yahweh thundered from the heavens, the Most High made his voice heard.

15 He shot his arrows and scattered them, his lightning flashed and routed them.

16 The very springs of ocean were exposed, the world’s foundations were laid bare, at the roaring of Yahweh, at the blast of breath from his nostrils!

17 He reached down from on high, snatched me up, pulled me from the watery depths,

18 rescued me from my mighty foe, from my enemies who were stronger than I.

19 They assailed me on my day of disaster, but Yahweh was there to support me,

20 he freed me, set me at large, he rescued me, because he loves me.

21 Yahweh rewards me for my uprightness, as my hands are pure so he repays me,

22 since I have kept the ways of Yahweh, and not fallen away from my God.

23 His judgements are all before me, his statutes I have not put away from me;

24 I am blameless before him, I keep myself clear of evil.

25 Hence Yahweh repaid me for acting uprightly because he could see I was pure.

26 Faithful you are to the faithful, blameless with the blameless,

27 sincere to the sincere but cunning to the crafty,

28 you save a people that is humble and humiliate those with haughty looks.

29 Yahweh, you yourself are my lamp, my God lights up my darkness;

30 with you I storm the rampart with my God I can scale any wall.

31 This God, his way is blameless; the word of Yahweh is refined in the furnace, for he alone is the shield of all who take refuge in him.

32 For who is God but Yahweh, who is a rock but our God:

33 this God who girds me with strength, who makes my way free from blame,

34 who makes me as swift as a deer and sets me firmly on the heights,

35 who trains my hands for battle my arms to bend a bow of bronze.

36 You give me your invincible shield, you never cease to listen to me,

37 you give me the strides of a giant, give me ankles that never weaken-

38 I pursue my enemies and exterminate them, not turning back till they are annihilated;

39 I strike them down, and they cannot rise, they fall, they are under my feet.

40 You have girded me with strength for the fight, bent down my assailants beneath me,

41 made my enemies retreat before me; and those who hate me I destroy.

42 They cry out, there is no one to save, to Yahweh, but no answer comes.

43 I crumble them like the dust of the squares, trample them like the mud of the streets.

44 You free me from the quarrels of my people, you place me at the head of the nations, a people I did not know are now my servants,

45 foreigners come wooing my favour, no sooner do they hear than they obey me,

46 foreigners grow faint of heart, they come trembling out of their fastnesses.

47 Life to Yahweh! Blessed be my rock! Exalted be the God of my salvation,

48 the God who gives me vengeance and crushes the peoples under me,

49 who takes me away from my enemies. You lift me high above those who attack me, you deliver me from the man of violence.

50 For this I will praise you, Yahweh, among the nations, and sing praise to your name.

51 He saves his king, time after time, displays faithful love for his anointed, for David and his heirs for ever.

1 Chronicles 27

1 The Israelites listed according to heads of families, commanders of thousands and hundreds, with their officials in the king’s service who dealt with all matters affecting the companies on monthly duty, month by month throughout the year, each company consisting of twenty-four thousand men:

2 The commander of the first company detailed for the first month was Jashobeam son of Zabdiel, whose company consisted of twenty-four thousand men.

3 He belonged to the family of Perez and was the senior military officer of all those detailed for the first month.

4 The commander of the company for the second month was Dodai the Ahohite, whose company consisted of twenty-four thousand men.

5 The officer commanding the third body of men for the third month was Benaiah son of Jehoiada, the chief priest, whose company consisted of twenty-four thousand men.

6 This was the Benaiah who was an important member of the Thirty and his company. His son was Ammizabad.

7 The fourth for the fourth month was Asahel brother of Joab, and his son Zebadiah after him, whose company consisted of twenty-four thousand men.

8 The fifth officer commanding for the fifth month was Shamhuth the Zerahite, whose company consisted of twenty-four thousand men.

9 The sixth for the sixth month was Ira son of Ikkesh of Tekoa, whose company consisted of twenty-four thousand men.

10 The seventh for the seventh month was Helez the Pelonite, one of the Ephraimites, whose company consisted of twenty-four thousand men.

11 The eighth for the eighth month was Sibbecai of Hushah, a Zerahite, whose company consisted of twenty-four thousand men.

12 The ninth for the ninth month was Abiezer of Anathoth, a Benjaminite, whose company consisted of twenty-four thousand men.

13 The tenth for the tenth month was Maharai of Netophah, a Zerahite, whose company consisted of twenty-four thousand men.

14 The eleventh for the eleventh month was Benaiah of Pirathon, an Ephraimite, whose company consisted of twenty-four thousand men.

15 The twelfth for the twelfth month was Heldai of Netophah, of Othniel, whose company consisted of twenty-four thousand men.

16 Responsible for the tribes of Israel were chief Eliezer son of Zichri for the Reubenites, Shephatiah son of Maacah for the Simeonites,

17 Hashabiah son of Kemuel for the Levites, Zadok for the Aaronites,

18 Elihu, one of David’s brothers, for Judah, Omri son of Michael for Issachar,

19 Ishmaiah son of Obadiah for Zebulun, Jerimoth son of Azriel for Naphtali,

20 Hoshea son of Azaziah for the Ephraimites, Joel son of Pedaiah for the half-tribe of Manasseh,

21 Iddo son of Zechariah for the half-tribe of Manasseh in Gilead, Jaasiel son of Abner for Benjamin,

22 and Azarel son of Jeroham for Dan. These were the tribal chiefs of Israel.

23 Now in the census David did not include those who were twenty years old and under, since Yahweh had promised to make Israel as numerous as the stars of heaven.

24 Joab son of Zeruiah began the count but never finished. This is why retribution came upon Israel, and the number did not come up to that recorded in the annals of King David.

25 Overseer of the king’s supplies: Azmaveth son of Adiel. Overseer of supplies in the countryside, towns, villages and fortresses: Jonathan son of Uzziah.

26 Overseer of the farmers who tilled the land: Ezri son of Chelub.

27 Overseer of vineyards: Shimei of Ramah. Overseer of those in the vineyards who looked after the wine cellars: Zabdi of Shepham.

28 Overseer of olive and sycamore trees in the Shephelah: Baal-Hanan of Geder. Overseer of oil supplies: Joash.

29 Overseer of cattle at pasture in the plains of Sharon: Shitrai of Sharon. Overseer of cattle in the valleys: Shaphat son of Adlai.

30 Overseer of camels: Obil the Ishmaelite.

31 Overseer of donkeys: Jehdeiah of Meranoth. Overseer of flocks: Jaziz the Hagrite. All the above supervised the property belonging to King David.

32 Jonathan, David’s uncle, a councillor, wise man and scribe, and Jehiel son of Hachmoni took care of the king’s sons.

33 Ahitophel was the king’s counsellor and Hushai, the Archite, was Friend of the King.

34 Jehoiada son of Benaiah and Abiathar succeeded Ahitophel — Joab was commander of the king’s army.

Psalm 41

1 [For the choirmaster Psalm Of David] Blessed is anyone who cares for the poor and the weak; in time of trouble Yahweh rescues him.

2 Yahweh protects him, gives him life and happiness on earth. Do not abandon him to his enemies’ pleasure!

3 Yahweh sustains him on his bed of sickness; you transform altogether the bed where he lies sick.

4 For my part I said, ‘Yahweh, take pity on me! Cure me for I have sinned against you.’

5 My enemies speak to me only of disaster, ‘When will he die and his name disappear?’

6 When people come to see me their talk is hollow, when they get out they spread the news with spite in their hearts.

7 All who hate me whisper together about me and reckon I deserve the misery I suffer.

8 ‘A fatal sickness has a grip on him; now that he is down, he will never get up again.’

9 Even my trusted friend on whom I relied, who shared my table, takes advantage of me.

10 But you, Yahweh, take pity on me! Put me on my feet and I will give them their due.

11 This will convince me that you delight in me, if my enemy no longer exults over me.

12 Then you will keep me unscathed, and set me in your presence for ever.

13 Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Israel, from eternity to eternity. Amen, Amen.

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