Daily Lenten Devotion Wednesday, March 13th

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 – Psalm 51; Jeremiah 18:1-11; Romans 8:1-11 and John 6:27-40

Today, I’ll let the reading from the Psalm and a portion of yesterday’s reading from Romans lead us in a time of confession of our sinfulness. Join me in this time of confession.

Psalm 51 – 1   Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
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 alone, have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are justified in your sentence
and blameless when you pass judgment.

(From Romans 7:13-25)

15I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. ..… 18bI can will what is right, but I cannot do it. 19For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do.

(And then back to Psalm 51)

5   Indeed, I was born guilty,
a sinner when my mother conceived me.
6   You desire truth in the inward being;
therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
7   Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8   Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.
9   Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.

(Pause and prayer any individual prayer of confession you want or feel lead to prayer. Then pick up here with Psalm 51.)

10  Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right 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 in me a willing spirit.

Amen.

Here then is God’s answer to our sinfulness, our brokenness. In the reading from John, God shows us clearly what he wants us to do.

John 6:27-40 – 28Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” 29Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

Thanks be to God for this clear statement about what we are to do. Believe in him whom God has sent. When we believe in something or someone our belief transforms our life, it guides our life. So in believing in Jesus, God’s Son, the Christ our lives will be transformed and renewed from the inside out. As I’ve said before, we won’t be perfect but we’ll be on path of sanctification.

Jesus went on to say in our reading from John;

 35Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

Thanks be to God for the gift of His Son who is the bread of life and the cup of salvation.

O God, thank you for sending your Son, who even today calls us from sin to new life. Thank you for your Son who was and is the eternal sacrifice of all our sins, our brokenness. We wander from you and you guide us back. We break your holy laws and you still love us. O God, as is said in the Psalm today;  Create in us a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within us. Amen.

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