Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Lenten Meditation #37

Seventh Penitential Psalm
Psalm 143

An Earnest Appeal for Guidance and Deliverance
A Psalm of David.
1 Hear my prayer, O Lord,
Give ear to my supplications!
In Your faithfulness answer me,
And in Your righteousness.
2 Do not enter into judgment with Your servant,
 For in Your sight no one living is righteous.
3 For the enemy has persecuted my soul;
He has crushed my life to the ground;
He has made me dwell in darkness,
Like those who have long been dead.
4 Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me;
My heart within me is distressed.
5 I remember the days of old;
I meditate on all Your works;
muse on the work of Your hands.
6 I spread out my hands to You;
 My soul longs for You like a thirsty land. Selah
7 Answer me speedily, O Lord;
My spirit fails!
Do not hide Your face from me,
 Lest I be like those who go down into the pit.
8 Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning,
For in You do I trust;
 Cause me to know the way in which I should walk,
For I lift up my soul to You.
9 Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies;
 In You I take shelter.
10 Teach me to do Your will,
For You are my God;
 Your Spirit is good.
Lead me in the land of uprightness.
11 Revive me, O Lord, for Your name's sake!
For Your righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.
12 In Your mercy cut off my enemies,
And destroy all those who afflict my soul;
For I am Your servant. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Lenten Meditation #36

We confess to Thee, O heavenly Father, as Thy children and Thy people, our hardness, our indifference, and impenitence; our grievous failures in Thy faith and in pure and holy living; our trust in riches, and our misuse of them, our confidence in self, whereby we daily multiply our temptations. We confess our timorousness as Thy witnesses before the world, and the sin and bitterness that every man knoweth in his own heart. Amen.

Edward White Benson

Monday, March 30, 2015

Lenten Meditation #35

1 Blessed is he whose  transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity,
And in whose spirit there is no deceit.
3 When I kept silent, my bones grew old
Through my groaning all the day long.
4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah
5 I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I have not hidden.
 I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,"
And You forgave the iniquity of my sin.
―Psalm 32

Christin's Quote Book

  • There’s no trick to being a humorist when you’ve got the whole government working for you. –Will Rogers
  • In politics, few talents are as richly rewarded as the ability to convince parasites that they are victims. —Thomas Sowell
  • If a society is to preserve stability and a degree of continuity, it must know how to keep its adolescents from imposing their tastes, attitudes, values and fantasies on everyday life. ―Eric Hoffer
  • Sometimes a man wants to be stupid if it lets him do a thing his cleverness forbids. ―John Steinbeck
  • By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong. –Charles Wadsworth

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Sixth Sunday in Lent - Palm Sunday

The story of Jesus' grand, though surprising, entry into Jerusalem is an object lesson in the mismatch between our expectations and God's answer. The bad news is that the crowds are going to be disappointed. But the good news is that their disappointment is at the surface level. Deep down, Jesus' arrival at the great city is indeed the moment when salvation is dawning. The "Hosannas" were justified, though not for the reasons they had supposed. To learn this lesson is to take a large step towards wisdom and humility, and towards genuine Christian faith.

Jesus is the King of kings. He not only rules over all His and our enemies, He also rules over us. And so, as we praise the triumphant King, we must also bow the knee. He must first be enthroned on a pagan cross; and we must first go with Him there—the cross before the crown.

All glory, laud and honor,
To Thee, Redeemer, King,
To Whom the lips of children
Made sweet hosannas ring.

Thou art the King of Israel,
Thou David's royal Son,
Who in the Lord's Name comest,
The King and Bless├Ęd One.

The company of angels
Are praising Thee on High,
And mortal men and all things
Created make reply.

The people of the Hebrews
With palms before Thee went;
Our prayer and praise and anthems
Before Thee we present.

To Thee, before Thy passion,
They sang their hymns of praise;
To Thee, now high exalted,
Our melody we raise.

Thou didst accept their praises;
Accept the prayers we bring,
Who in all good delightest,
Thou good and gracious King.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Lenten Meditation #34

Almighty and most merciful Father, all merciful, mercy itself, I have erred wittingly, and strayed willingly, nay run from Thy ways, more like an untamed heifer, than a lost or wandering sheep. I have followed too much, even altogether, the absurd devices and brutish desires of my own heart, I have offended against, and even been offended by, Thy holy, most holy laws. I have left undone, not done at all, those things which I ought to have done; and have done, done nothing else, but those things which I ought not to have done; and there is no health, no hope or health in me.

O Lord, have mercy upon me, miserable, most miserable sinner, the greatest sinner, and most unthankful for so great grace. Spare me, and them all, O God, which confess their faults; restore me, and all of them that be penitent, that desire to be penitent, that wish they were, would be glad if they were so, that fear they are not enough, and are sorry they are no more; for this is according to Thy promises, most precious, most gracious, most sweet promises, declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord. Grant therefore, O most merciful Father, for His sake, who is our Redeemer, Advocate, Author and Finisher of our Faith, our Propitiation, Righteousness and Justification; that I and all penitents may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of Thy holy Name, and the salvation of our own souls. Amen.

William Laud

Friday, March 27, 2015

Lenten Meditation #33

Alas I have sinned against Thee, O Lord, I have sinned against Thee: O what have I done and Thou hast not requited me the due reward of my sins. But I am ashamed, and I turn from my wicked ways, and I return unto my heart, and with all my heart I return unto Thee, and seek Thy face, and pray unto Thee saying:

I have sinned, I have done amiss, I have dealt wickedly: I know, O Lord, the plague of my heart, and behold I turn unto Thee with all my heart, and with all my strength. And now, O Lord, from Thy dwelling place, from the throne of the glory of Thy kingdom in heaven, hear therefore the prayer and the supplication of Thy servant and heal his soul.

I do not presume so much as mine eyes to lift up to heaven: but stand afar off. I smite upon my breast and say with the publican, "God be merciful to me the sinner"; to the sinner above the publican; be merciful to me as to the publican. The thought of man shall make confession unto Thee: and the residue of his thought shall keep feast unto Thee.

Lancelot Andrews

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Lenten Meditation #32

O Lord, teach me to gladly receive Your reproofs and corrections as the gracious gifts that they are; even the reproofs and corrections from friends that You send to me. May I eagerly receive the Word that is preached and taught by Your under shepherds, and may I be compliant and full of contrition. I am in constant need of Your Word and Spirit. Help me also to remember my baptism and to constantly feed on the body and blood of my Lord, for He has cleansed me and sustains me. I am thankful that even when I turn aside, yet I may return to You immediately and be welcomed of Christ's sake, and drink again from the overflowing fountain of Your grace. AMEN

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lenten Meditation #31

Sixth Penitential Psalm
Psalm 130

Waiting for the Redemption of the Lord
A Song of Ascents.
1 Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord;
2 Lord, hear my voice!
Let Your ears be attentive
To the voice of my supplications.
3 If You, Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with You,
That You may be feared.
5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
And in His word I do hope.
6 My soul waits for the Lord
More than those who watch for the morning—
Yes, more than those who watch for the morning.
7 O Israel, hope in the Lord;
For with the Lord there is mercy,
And with Him is abundant redemption.
8 And He shall redeem Israel
From all his iniquities.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Lenten Meditation #30

Heavenly Father, I have suffered from many starts and stops in my sanctification. With sincerity and enthusiasm I have repented of my sins only to backslide again into the very same transgressions. I believe; help my unbelief. I have feet of clay and am prone to wander. I am forgetful and grow dull of hearing. Spiritual lethargy and laziness overtake my best intentions and I easily set aside those things that would strengthen me in my walk with You. Lukewarm seems comfortable but it is not profitable. Stir me up continually and restore me for Christ's sake. AMEN