Daily Archives: March 10, 2019
Lent is the 40-day period before Easter, and it is “a time for reflection, repentance, and renewal when Christians are invited to prepare themselves for the celebration of the Lord’s resurrection.” This Lent, we are doing a 40-day study from the American Bible Society to focus our time in God’s Word and prayer on His renewing power (click HERE for the reading plan). Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
|Lord God, by your Word fill me with a spirit of repentance and forgiveness…
For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
1 Have mercy on me, O God,
Restoration, Not Devastation | Marianne Toovey
In 2 Samuel 11, we read the infamous story of David and Bathsheba and David’s downward spiral into “murder-by-proxy” of her husband. All this time, David’s been concerned only with protecting himself that it hadn’t occurred to him how awful this whole situation was until we see Nathan, a prophet, tell David a story in chapter 12 that illustrated it to him. Having it all laid out before him in such a way opened David’s eyes and it led to this prayer for restoration. David had been buried so deep in this mess that he didn’t even recognize he was lost. So he needed a complete overhaul. A massive spring cleaning. A clear path by which he could step out of the quagmire of sin and shame.
I’ve never done anything quite on the same scale, but I do certainly know the feeling of being so comfortably nestled in my cocoon that I’m completely oblivious to the fact that I’m serving Marianne instead of God. And my eyes are slowly, somewhat reluctantly, being opened to see the altar I’ve built for myself and the offerings I lay upon it. It’s kind of appalling! As nice as it may sound on the surface, I don’t want to be at the center of my universe – nor do I belong there. It’s taking some work, but I’m trying some spiritual spring cleaning of my own. Out with the old (“me” glorifying) and in with the new (God glorifying)!
Lord God, by Your Word fill me with a spirit of repentance and forgiveness. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and make me willing to obey You rather than my own sinful self. Guide me as I work towards removing my own self as an idol in my life and placing You in the proper place of honor at the head of my universe. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.