March 5th Lenten Devotional

Warning, Reward, and Confession

Steve Merrin

Psalm 19:11-12

Continuing through this section of Psalm 19 we are examining what the Word of the Lord does in us. These two verses refer to the Word of the Lord giving a warning, a reward, and forms a sort of call to confession.
The Word read, preached, received often brings conviction. Its own sort of warning that our lives might not be focused on the things God would have us focus on. How often do you interact with Gods Word and spend time thinking on it?

Jeremiah 17:8 describes one who mediates on the Word of God as a tree planted by living waters. In the Christian life there is great reward in spending time reading and thinking on scriptures.
The call to confession contained in Verse 12 begins with a hypothetical: who can detect their errors? No one? Therefor the Psalmist asks God to clear the Psalmist from hidden faults.
Self-examination and confession is an integral part of the Lenten journey. Let us ask God to reveal to us our hidden faults and let us confess our need for God’s forgiveness.
Prayer: Dear Lord we thank you for your Word to us. We pray in this season of lent that you would move me to confess any hidden faults that are getting in the way of my relationship with you. As I sit here silently for a few minutes make me aware of the areas of my life that need your attention….
Forgive me Jesus and help me to forgive others as well. We pray this in your name. Amen.
Steve Merrin is the pastor of 1st United Presbyterian Church, PC(U.S.A.) in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

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