Bible Gateway Lent Devotional - Wednesday, March 19, 2014
The devotional schedule is changing for the duration of Holy Week. Beginning this Sunday and going through Easter Sunday, we'll send out a daily Scripture reading instead of the usual mix of Scripture, quotations, and prayers. We hope it helps you focus your heart and mind on Jesus and God's Word as the glorious day of Resurrection approaches!
Let your mighty hand and outstretched arm, O Lord, be our defense;
Your mercy and loving-kindness in Jesus Christ, your dear Son, our salvation;
Your true and holy word our instruction;
Your grace and Holy Spirit our comfort and consolation,
Until the end and in the end. — John Knox, Scottish reformer (1510 - 1572)
Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:11-16
Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you.
Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
you who are God my Savior,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
Open my lips, Lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
"We must come before God in silence, as evildoers, in order to obtain grace for the offenses that we have committed. We come clothed in shame, confessing that we are lost, that God might save us through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. In short, we say that it is completely beyond our powers to acquit ourselves in the eyes of God. But he comes to our aid; he does not scrutinize us or enter into account with us. When we have offended him, there is no satisfaction for sin other than the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. The only way we can be cleansed is to wash ourselves in his blood." — John Calvin, "Freedom from the Bondage of the Law"
Something to Think About
Did you make a commitment to do (or refrain from) a particular activity during Lent? How have you done so far? Whether or not you've kept up with your commitment, what have you learned from the experience?
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