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Grab a Fork Reading Plan | Week 2 | Day 3
Hebrews 7:25 says “Therefore [Jesus] is able to save completely those who come to God through him…” Thank Jesus as you come to Him today that He saves “completely.” In other words, there isn’t one part of your heart, no secret, no matter how deeply buried in shame, that He doesn’t say “forgiven.” He saves us completely.
Bible Reading: Psalm 51
In today’s reading, we are meditating on a prayer of repentance. This Psalm is written by King David, after he had committed adultery and murder. We are going to use the S.O.A.P. method to meditate on it. Firstly, read the Psalm:
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.
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you.
Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
you who are God my Savior,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
Open my lips, Lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.
May it please you to prosper Zion,
to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
in burnt offerings offered whole;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.
Reflection & Questions
Use the S.O.A.P. method to meditate on the Psalm.
- S: Write down a phrase or sentence that strikes you from the prayer.
- O: Write down an observation of the phrase or sentence. What does it mean? What does it teach?
- A: Write down an application. How does this phrase or sentence apply to you?
- P: Finally, write down a prayer in response to the scripture.
Write a prayer in response to God’s invitation today.
You might use this song today to worship Jesus today:
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