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What Is Morning Without Prayer? 062912
Last evening I was just too tired to post ahead, so with a first cup of coffee, I sat here and reviewed the scriptures for today.
Reading a Psalm is still the perfect way to solemnize and focus our thoughts in the quiet of a new dawn. By the time I began to focus on the selection from 1 Kings, I was sobered and saddened by the fate Solomon came to….that in his older years he strayed from God and worshipped foreign gods to please his many wives. So, the Psalms, which were composed by his father David, and sung in the temple we know as Solomon’s, were not heard by Solomon in his last days. (Many now believe that the name of God is less important than God himself, and names such as Father, Mother, Great Spirit, Jehovah, Yahweh and Elohim or no name at all are sacred). In Solomon’s time it was not just a matter of using the correct name for God. Using a foreign name meant Solomon had abandoned the Jewish culture, although one can never abandon one’s birth culture).
But the resolution of this is in Hebrews. In the first few words of Hebrews 11: 4By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain’s. Through this he received approval as righteous, God himself giving approval to his gifts; he died, but through his faith he still speaks.
We don’t know Solomon’s faith as he aged, but what is our faith. In the first few seconds of reading these scriptures, I felt a ‘homecoming’ as I quieted, and began to pray. I pray for a little insight, a little spirit in what I write down, and for the day of those who read this blog. I need this time of prayer so much now, and the Bible reading also, after 475 days straight of blogging.
And I pray for peace, today particularly in Syria and Turkey, who, in the midst of Syria’s civil unrest and war seem poised now to attack one another.
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Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15
1 Kings 10:26—11:8
1It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
2to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night,
3to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre.
4For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.
12The righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God.
14In old age they still produce fruit; they are always green and full of sap,
15showing that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
1 Kings 10:26—11:8
26Solomon gathered together chariots and horses; he had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horses, which he stationed in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem. 27The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones, and he made cedars as numerous as the sycamores of the Shephelah. 28Solomon’s import of horses was from Egypt and Kue, and the king’s traders received them from Kue at a price. 29A chariot could be imported from Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for one hundred fifty; so through the king’s traders they were exported to all the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Aram.
11King Solomon loved many foreign women along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, 2from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the Israelites, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you; for they will surely incline your heart to follow their gods”; Solomon clung to these in love. 3Among his wives were seven hundred princesses and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his heart. 4For when Solomon was old, his wives turned away his heart after other gods; and his heart was not true to the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father David. 5For Solomon followed Astarte the goddess of the Sidonians, and Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. 6So Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and did not completely follow the Lord, as his father David had done. 7Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Molech the abomination of the Ammonites, on the mountain east of Jerusalem. 8He did the same for all his foreign wives, who offered incense and sacrificed to their gods.
4By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain’s. Through this he received approval as righteous, God himself giving approval to his gifts; he died, but through his faith he still speaks. 5By faith Enoch was taken so that he did not experience death; and “he was not found, because God had taken him.” For it was attested before he was taken away that “he had pleased God.” 6And without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. 7By faith Noah, warned by God about events as yet unseen, respected the warning and built an ark to save his household; by this he condemned the world and became an heir to the righteousness that is in accordance with faith.
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.