“Then the Lord came down on the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the Lord. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, ‘The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.’ Moses bowed to the ground at once and worshiped. ‘O Lord, if I have found favor in your eyes,’ he said, ‘then let the Lord go with us. Although this is a stiff-necked people, forgive our wickedness and our sin, and take us as your inheritance.’” (Psalm 33:12-22)
In reverent preparation for the second receiving of the Ten Commandments, Moses humbly represented the people., confessing the congregation’s sins and seeking forgiveness so the Lord’s presence would be with them. Prayer involves humble repentance. Each individual has to seek repentance for personal sin, but this may be done in community worship with a worship leader voicing the desires of the whole people. God renewed His covenant with Israel in response to the prayer of repentance.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You know our sins better than even we do in many ways; yet, we come before Your throne of grace this day in full repentance for all of our sins, and seek Your forgiveness. We ask this, because in sin, we separate ourselves from You and we need You every day. Forgive us and pour out a renewed anointing of Your grace and mercy, that our relationship with You might be fully restored. Today we continue to pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know, especially the people in Ukraine, as they are fighting for their very lives and way of life. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Only a living Savior can rescue a dying world.”
“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord; O Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. He himself will redeem Israel from all their ins.” (Psalm 130:1-8)
Beloved, this is one of the clearest expressions of God’s mercy in the Old Testament. The redemption is ‘full.’ For the Christian, redemption in Christ is not merely from sins, but from a natural inclination and dedication to sin. God hears our cry of repentance, grants us mercy, and forgives our sin through Jesus Christ.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world,. In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun, which is like bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat. The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. ‘By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.’ Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless. Innocent of great transgression. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:1-14)
Praise for the Creator and for the Source of divine law is the basis for repentance. Verse 11 turns the pronouncement about the Lord in third person to direct second person address. The basic prayer is that the outer and inner person in perfect conformity with one another will be pleasing in the Lord’s sight. This will require forgiveness of hidden sins as well as presumptuous, willful sins.
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, ‘Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower n Siloam fell on them—-do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no!But unless you repent, you too will all perish.’” (Luke 13:1-5)
Beloved, none is excused from repenting. God does not categorize sinners and seek more repayment through suffering and sacrifice from some than from others. All have sinned (Romans3:23). All must respond to God with truly repenting hearts in order to be forgiven of their sins.
Other circumstances do not indicated that God is rewarding or punishing an individual. Repentance is a pray all must pray, for those who pray to God and repent of their sins know they are right with God.