Daily Devotion Tuesday, September 10

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 – Psalm 51; 1 Kings 16:23-34; Philippians 1:12-30  and Mark 16:1-8 (9-20)

Today we have two bookends of our faith. The first comes from Psalm 51. It is a prayer of confession that King David composed following his committing adultery with Bathsheba and having Uriah killed. It’s a prayer of confession that can be prayed by any of us. Confessing our brokenness is an important part of placing our trust in God. So pray with me this prayer of confession.

Psalm 51 – Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
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.
….

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

The other bookend of our faith comes to us in the closing words of the Gospel of Matthew. With these words we hear how our Lord rose from the dead and appeared to the women and disciples. Hear with me these words of faith.

Mark 16:1-8 (9-20) – 1When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” 4When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. 5As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 6But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” 8So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

9Now after he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. 10She went out and told those who had been with him, while they were mourning and weeping. 11But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.

12After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. 13And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.

14Later he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were sitting at the table; and he upbraided them for their lack of faith and stubbornness, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. 15And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. 16The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned. 17And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18they will pick up snakes in their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

19So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it.

Friends yes we fall short we break God’s holy laws. Yet, through His Son’s crucifixion and resurrection we can know that our sins can be forgiven. Yet, that’s not all. Then he comes to us to empower us to live the life we were created to live. Through his resurrection Jesus empowered the disciples to heal the sick, forgive sin and carry on his whole ministry of showing the power and love of God. This is now given unto us.

In the reading from Philippians we hear;

Philippians 1:12-30 – 27Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ,

Friends, may we strive to do just this; live our life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. In doing so we’ll help others know of God’s love, God’s grace and God’s peace.

Jesus Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Jesus Christ is risen! He lives today!

Friends he can live in you and in me as we trust in him and seek to be empowered by His Holy Spirit that empowers us to live the life he calls us to live in his name and to his glory. Thanks be to God that Jesus Christ lives even today.

O God, may we trust and believe in you, for you are the resurrection and life who is offered to us. Help us fully open our hearts unto you and trust in you to guide us in our living this very day. Amen.

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