One Year Pray for Life Sampler - Flipbook - Page 86
You rescue the humble,
but you humiliate the proud.
You light a lamp for me.
The Lord, my God, lights up my
In your strength I can crush an army;
with my God I can scale any wall.
God’s way is perfect.
All the Lord’s promises prove true.
He is a shield for all who look to him
For who is God except the Lord?
Who but our God is a solid rock?
God arms me with strength,
and he makes my way perfect.
He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
enabling me to stand on mountain
He trains my hands for battle;
he strengthens my arm to draw
a bronze bow.
You have given me your shield of victory.
Your right hand supports me;
your help* has made me great.
You have made a wide path for my feet
to keep them from slipping.
18:35 Hebrew your humility; compare 2 Sam 22:36.
Children who mistreat their father or
chase away their mother
are an embarrassment and a public
LORD, I PRAISE YOU: “The Lord lives! Praise to my
Rock! May the God of my salvation be exalted!” (Psalm
18:46). It’s hard for me to praise you and believe you’re
working for my good when I’m losing a parent or facing
financial struggles. What good could come from this?
Thank you that I can be honest about my struggles.
You assure me that when I remain faithful through
suffering, I become more like my Savior. Amen.
2 CHRONICLES 11:1–13:22
When Rehoboam arrived at Jerusalem, he
mobilized the men of Judah and Benjamin—
180,000 select troops—to fight against Israel
and to restore the kingdom to himself.
2 But the Lord said to Shemaiah, the man of
ehoboam son of Solomon, king
God, 3 “Say to R
of Judah, and to all the Israelites in Judah and
Benjamin: 4 ‘This is what the Lord says: Do not
fight against your relatives. Go back home,
for what has happened is my doing!’” So they
obeyed the message of the Lord and did not
fight against Jeroboam.
5 Rehoboam remained in Jerusalem and for
tified various towns for the defense of Judah.
6 He built up Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa, 7 Beth-
zur, Soco, Adullam, 8 Gath, Mareshah, Ziph,
9 Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah, 10 Zorah, Aijalon,
and Hebron. These became the fortified towns
of Judah and Benjamin. 11 Rehoboam strength
ened their defenses and stationed command
ers in them, and he stored supplies of food,
olive oil, and wine. 12 He also put shields and
spears in these towns as a further safety mea
sure. So only Judah and Benjamin remained
under his control.
13 But all the priests and Levites living
among the northern tribes of Israel sided with
Rehoboam. 14 The Levites even abandoned
their pasturelands and property and moved
to Judah and Jerusalem, because Jeroboam
and his sons would not allow them to serve
the Lord as priests. 15 Jeroboam appointed
his own priests to serve at the pagan shrines,
where they worshiped the goat and calf idols
he had made. 16 From all the tribes of Israel,
those who sincerely wanted to worship the
Lord, the God of Israel, followed the Levites to
Jerusalem, where they could offer sacrifices
to the Lord, the God of their ancestors. 17 This
strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and for
three years they supported Rehoboam son of
Solomon, for during those years they faith
fully followed in the footsteps of David and
Rehoboam married his cousin Maha
lath, the daughter of David’s son Jerimoth
and of Abihail, the daughter of Eliab son of
Jesse. 19 Mahalath had three sons—Jeush,
Shemariah, and Zaham.
20 Later R
ehoboam married another cousin,
Maacah, the granddaughter of Absalom. Ma
acah gave birth to Abijah, Attai, Ziza, and She
lomith. 21 Rehoboam loved Maacah more than
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