2019 Daily Devotional 2.22.19

By February 22, 2019Daily Devotional

Week 7 Day 5

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I. Prayer to enter the Lord’s presence:

Be still for a moment. “Lord, I give the day that is now past to you.  It is yours.  I give the day that is to come to you; help me to see where you are working and to join you there.  Speak to me during these moments.  I commit them and myself to you.”

 II. Prayer of Confession:

“Lord, you are faithful to forgive me and cleanse me of my sin when I confess it to you.  I confess my sin(s) of ______________.  Thank you for forgiveness.” (1 John 1:9)

III. Prayer of Thanksgiving:

Choose to be thankful, speak out loud of what God has done.
“Thank you, Father, for _________________.  Fill my heart and my mouth with gratitude throughout this day.”

IV. Scripture Reflection

Read:

Psalm 51:1   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 that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.  5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.  6 Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost 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, and sinners will turn back to you.  14 Save me from bloodguilt, O God, the God who saves me, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.  15 O Lord, open my lips, 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 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.  18 In your good pleasure make Zion prosper; build up the walls of Jerusalem.  19 Then there will be righteous sacrifices, whole burnt offerings to delight you; then bulls will be offered on your altar.  

Reflect

David was Israel’s greatest king.  Of the forty or so kings (and one Queen) in the divided Kingdoms all were compared to David as the standard.  Only eight Kings in the Southern Kingdom (Judah) compared favorably at all. Now, remember that this Psalm of David was written after he had sinned horribly…he had committed adultery and murder. How is it then that he could be the “gold-standard” for kings?  First, he truly and fully repented of his sin. He did not excuse it or blame it on anyone else. Second, ultimately King David pointed forward to King Jesus. King Jesus would become the perfect King. He was the promised Messiah from the line of King David would save his people.  

Respond

The fact that David was a “man after God’s own heart” even though he sinned horribly is a tremendous encouragement.  If your sins are evident to you right now. If you have guilt and regret that is ever before your mind’s eye…remember that God will not despise(turn away from) a broken and repentant heart.  You can yet be a man or woman after God’s own heart. Rejoice in the opportunity of repentance.

V. Prayer for others:

Pray specifically for the concerns of your life and the lives of others. 

VI. Prayer of commitment:

Lord God, I commit to love you with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my strength and with all my mind and to love my neighbor as myself.  Empower me today to love you and others with everything that I am.”  (Luke 10:27)

This Month’s Scripture Memory:

Psalm 23:1-6
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

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