In the fifth year of King Rehoboam’s reign, King Shishak of Egypt came up and attacked Jerusalem. He ransacked the treasuries of the Lord’s Temple and the royal palace; he stole everything, including all the gold shields Solomon had made. King Rehoboam later replaced them with bronze shields as substitutes, and he entrusted them to the care of the commanders of the guard who protected the entrance to the royal palace. Whenever the king went to the Temple of the Lord, the guards would also take the shields and then return them to the guardroom.
(1 Kings 14:25-28)



How often do I replace the gold shields of Your temple with bronze and carry on as if nothing has happened? Let it not be so, Lord! Let me not be contented with less than the best You want to give me. Let me not turn my heart to another or invite anyone but You into its sanctuary.

Give me a whole heart to live in praise of Your name. Let me not set up my own Asherah or calf. Let me not credit another (or myself) with Your marvellous deeds. Let me be someone who follows You all of my days and never deviates from the singular goal of knowing and worshipping You.

“I will sing to the Lord as long as I live,
I will praise my God to my last breath!”
(Psalm 104:33)




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