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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

“To comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable” Finley Peter Dunne (1867–1936)