Today's Lectionary Text
Have mercy upon me, O God,
For I acknowledge my transgressions,
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion;
If I wanted to pick out 10 psalms that I know, this psalm would be on my top 10 list. Since many psalms are songs, we can consider this Scripture as one in the top of the charts, “Top 10 of the Psalms” for today’s daily lectionary.
Part of it, is because of King David’s authorship, as it his public confession to God after exerting his power with Bathsheba, killing her husband and then denying it in front of the prophet, Nathan. David as being God’s chosen one, has abused his power and messed up royally as he reigns over God’s people, the Israelites. Yet, he has a moment of clarity when he realizes and cries out to God in confession.
We live in a world in need of confession, not covering up. We yearn for the authentic, real spirit of confession in our own lives and in the world we live in. The chance to say, “I’ve messed up. I’m sorry.”
We need it in our world and it begins with us. It is both powerful and counter-cultural to admit wrong, confess and ask for another chance. So we get to practice confession every day.
Each day, we cry out to God “Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a right spirit within me,” receiving God’s grace.
Because God is a God of second chances, a God of grace and mercy. A god who hears the prayer of all of us and responds to us, creating a clean heart and renewing a right spirit within us. May we practice confession to a loving God and receive the grace of God each day.
-Rev. Nicole Conard
Young Adult Leadership & Campus Ministries Coordinator
Prayer for Reflection
Merciful God, Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit with me. Amen.
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