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Daily Devotions – Have Mercy on Us

 

Click this link to hear an audio version of the below text narrated by SOTH member Jerry Rhinehart: Psalm 51:1-17  (NIV)

1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. 5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. 6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. 7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. 10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. 13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you. 14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. 15 Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise. 16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. 17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.

Today is Ash Wednesday.  We gather in worship and are reminded that, on our own, we are not acceptable to God.  We bring inadequate gifts and a guilty conscience.  We have broken the rules, acted in our own best interest, and hurt ourselves and others.  What we deserve is stern correction and punishment.  Yet our God bids us come.  We are called to gather close together, close to God in our brokenness.  We cry out for mercy and receive pure grace.  We come only with a “broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart” (Ps 51:17) and God restores us to holy perfection. http://sothrichfield.podbean.com

 

Psalm 51:1-17  (NIV)

1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. 5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. 6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. 7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. 10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. 13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you. 14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. 15 Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise. 16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. 17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.

 

Today is Ash Wednesday.  We gather in worship and are reminded that, on our own, we are not acceptable to God.  We bring inadequate gifts and a guilty conscience.  We have broken the rules, acted in our own best interest, and hurt ourselves and others.  What we deserve is stern correction and punishment.  Yet our God bids us come.  We are called to gather close together, close to God in our brokenness.  We cry out for mercy and receive pure grace.  We come only with a “broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart” (Ps 51:17) and God restores us to holy perfection.