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12 October – Create in Me a Clean Heart

Psa 51:1  Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.

Psa 51:2  Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! 

Psa 51:3  For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.

Psa 51:4  Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. 

Psa 51:5  Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Psa 51:6  Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. 

Psa 51:7  Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Psa 51:8  Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice.

Psa 51:9  Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.

Psa 51:10  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Psa 51:11  Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.

Psa 51:12  Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

Psa 51:13  Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.

Psa 51:14  Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness. 

Psa 51:15  O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.

Psa 51:16  For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.

Psa 51:17  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Psa 51:18  Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; build up the walls of Jerusalem;

Psa 51:19  then will you delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on your altar.

Ordinary 24

46 Beyond Forgiveness

The Scripture passage for the day is drawn from Reuben Job and Norman Shawchuck, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and other Servants, (Nashville, The Upper Room 1983), 282.
This reflection is from my own devotional exercises for the day
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“To comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable” Finley Peter Dunne (1867–1936)