Daily Lenten Devotion Holy Wednesday, April 16

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – Psalm 51; Lamentations 2:1-9; 2 Corinthians 1:23-2:11 and Mark 12:1-11

As we move ever closer to Good Friday may we find the following helpful in preparing for our Lord’s death and then his resurrection.

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.

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. We have offended against Your holy laws. 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. 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 us in Christ Jesus our Lord. Grant that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life; to the glory of His name. Amen.

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, in Jesus Christ our sins are forgiven and we are given new life. Thanks be to God for this gift. Amen.

Our reading from the gospel of Mark today reminds us of a parable Jesus shared that spoke of his dying and his becoming the cornerstone of our faith. Mark 12:1-11

http://www.presbyterianmission.org/devotion/daily/2014/4/16/#gospel-reading

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