Daily Devotion Friday, May 24th

Friday, May 24, 2013 – Psalm 51; Ruth 4:1-22; 1 Timothy 5:17-22 (23-25) and Luke 14:1-11

The following is a prayer of confession which King David possibly composed and prayed when he was confronted about his sin of committing adultery with Bathsheba and having her husband killed.

I’ve always found it to be a great prayer of confession for it lifts up our sin and then asks that we be cleansed of it and forgiven.

I invite you today to pray this prayer slowly and pause as you pray it, focusing upon your own need of the cleansing love of God.

Let us pray.

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.
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.

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.

Friends, hear the good news of the gospel; it is because of our heavenly father’s great love for us that he sent his only begotten Son, that through him our sins might be forgiven. So, hear, believe and accept this gift; through Jesus the Christ all your sins are forgiven. Thanks be to God that it does not stop there for God sends us his Spirit which even now breathes new life into us. Thanks be to God: Father, son and Holy Spirit know that your sin is forgiven and you are given new life. Amen.

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