Daily Archives: March 10, 2019

March 10 – Lenten Study Day 5

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…

Psalm 51

For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
    blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
    and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is always before me.
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.
Surely I was sinful at birth,
    sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
    you taught me wisdom in that secret place.
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
    wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
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.
18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
    to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
    in burnt offerings offered whole;
    then bulls will be offered on your altar.

SOAP Note

Restoration, Not Devastation | Marianne Toovey

Scripture

Psalm 51:10-12

Observation

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.

Application

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)!

Prayer

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.

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