Thursday, March 17, 2016
Do you LOVE Devotionals? Check out Day 1 of Sue Badeau's "Clean Heart,Renewed Joy"! What do you think?
Read Psalm 51
Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness;
According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity
And cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions,
And my sin is ever before me.
4 Against You, You only, I have sinned
And done what is evil in Your sight,
So that You are justified when You speak
And blameless when You judge.
5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.
6 Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being,
And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.
7 Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness,
Let the bones which You have broken rejoice.
9 Hide Your face from my sins
And blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from Your presence
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
And sustain me with a willing spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners will be converted to You.
Then my tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips,
That my mouth may declare Your praise.
16 For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it;
You are not pleased with burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.
18 By Your favor do good to Zion;
[n]Build the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then You will delight in]righteous sacrifices,
In burnt offering and whole burnt offering;
Then young bulls will be offered on Your altar.
Begin today by reading Psalm 51 in its entirety. Use a parallel Bible reading tool and read it three or four times in different translations. Ask God to give you eyes to see and ears to hear it anew as if you are reading it for the first time. As you reflect, listen to the stirring rendition in music, by Keith Green. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rv16YUTCp9U&feature=kp )
Ask God to prepare your heart to receive His life-giving words over the next six weeks. Take a few minutes to write in your journal – what are your “first-impressions-all-over-again” of this Psalm? What is one hope you have for how God will speak to you and renew your spirit during this season of reflection?
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