Daily Devotion Saturday, August 17

Saturday, August 17, 2013 – Psalm 32; 2 Samuel 16:1-23 (2 Samuel 17:1-23); Acts 22:17-29 and Mark 11:1-11

Psalm 32 – Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven,
    whose sin is covered.
Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity,
    and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

In today’s Psalm we hear how happy/blessed are God’s people when they confess their sin and seek God’s forgiving love. It is good for us to turn to God and confess our sin. During worship we do this first corporately and then privately.

The Psalm goes on to say;

While I kept silence, my body wasted away
    through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
    my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.
          Selah/pause

Then I acknowledged my sin to you,
    and I did not hide my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
    and you forgave the guilt of my sin.
            Selah/pause

6a Therefore let all who are faithful
    offer prayer to you;

When we keep silent, when we do not acknowledge our sinfulness, we waste away. When we acknowledge our sin, our brokenness, our need for God’s forgiveness, we open ourselves up to God’s healing touch.

Let us pray together this very general prayer of confession.

Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from Your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. (pause)
We have offended against Your holy laws. (pause)
We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and there is nothing good in us. (pause)

O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore those who are penitent; according to Your promises declared unto men in Christ Jesus our Lord. Grant that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life; to the glory of His name.

Continue with your own individual prayers of confession.

 

From The Message Bible Psalm 32:1-2 hear these words;

Count yourself lucky blessed, how happy you must be—
    you get a fresh start,
    your slate’s wiped clean.

Count yourself lucky blessed —
    God holds nothing against you
    and you’re holding nothing back from him.

The Message has lucky, but a member of my church pointed out that luck has nothing to do with the Christian life. One is lucky at cards and such things, when it comes to our life with God we are blessed through what he has done and is doing for us.

Friends, believe the Good News of the Gospel; through Jesus Christ our sins have been forgiven and we are given new life. Thanks be to God. Amen.

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