Thursday, March 26, 2015
O Lord, teach me to gladly receive Your reproofs and corrections as the gracious gifts that they are; even the reproofs and corrections from friends that You send to me. May I eagerly receive the Word that is preached and taught by Your under shepherds, and may I be compliant and full of contrition. I am in constant need of Your Word and Spirit. Help me also to remember my baptism and to constantly feed on the body and blood of my Lord, for He has cleansed me and sustains me. I am thankful that even when I turn aside, yet I may return to You immediately and be welcomed of Christ's sake, and drink again from the overflowing fountain of Your grace. AMEN
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Sixth Penitential Psalm
Waiting for the Redemption of the Lord
A Song of Ascents.
1 Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord;
2 Lord, hear my voice!
Let Your ears be attentive
To the voice of my supplications.
3 If You, Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with You,
That You may be feared.
5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
And in His word I do hope.
6 My soul waits for the Lord
More than those who watch for the morning—
Yes, more than those who watch for the morning.
7 O Israel, hope in the Lord;
For with the Lord there is mercy,
And with Him is abundant redemption.
8 And He shall redeem Israel
From all his iniquities.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Heavenly Father, I have suffered from many starts and stops in my sanctification. With sincerity and enthusiasm I have repented of my sins only to backslide again into the very same transgressions. I believe; help my unbelief. I have feet of clay and am prone to wander. I am forgetful and grow dull of hearing. Spiritual lethargy and laziness overtake my best intentions and I easily set aside those things that would strengthen me in my walk with You. Lukewarm seems comfortable but it is not profitable. Stir me up continually and restore me for Christ's sake. AMEN
Monday, March 23, 2015
O Lord, my every sense, member, faculty, and affection is a snare to me. I can barely open my eyes but that I envy those above me, or despise those below me. I covet the honor and riches of the mighty and I am proud and unmerciful to the poverty of others. When I behold beauty it is a bait to lust, or if I see deformity it stirs up loathing and disdain. If I am in authority, I am tempted to abuse my trust. If I am an inferior, I am prone to begrudge others. I lament that my apprehensions are dull, my thoughts are petty, and my affections misguided. How quickly do slander, course jesting and vain thoughts creep into my heart. Keep me mindful of my natural state but do not let me forget who I have become in Christ; that I am now, by Your great grace, an heir of grace tha can deal with every sin. AMEN
- The first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of anything to fully satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics. —Thomas Sowell
- I don’t want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their jobs. —Samuel Goldwyn
- Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. —Thomas Edison
- The world always seems like it’s going to hell when you’re depressed. And, of course, it always is going to hell in some way. That’s what makes it so hard to tell the difference between Armageddon and the blues. –Andrew Klavan
- I love long walks, especially when they’re taken by people who annoy me. –Noel Coward
Sunday, March 22, 2015
When Christ rose from the dead the supernatural realm became a historical fact and the real presence of Christ was now continually present in the natural realm through the Church. The resurrection of Christ became the means by which we see the true meaning of history. Literally and supernaturally, the resurrected Christ was manifested in the natural world through the Body of Christ―the Church―with her laity, officers and sacraments presenting the ongoing presence of Christ's supernatural and resurrected life. To be engrafted into the Body of Christ by way of baptism, is to be united to Christ and His mediatorial offices of prophet, priest and king. Thus, the Church (and all her members) speak the word, intercede for men, and rule the earth as the manifestation of Christ Himself.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
O merciful Father, I have no merit in myself, and so I stand before You now only in the merit of my Lord Jesus Christ, which is imputed to me. I am full of infirmities, needs, and sin, but You are full of grace. I confess my sins, my frequent sins, my willful sins. All my powers of body and soul are defiled and a fountain of pollution is deep within my nature. There are rooms filled with foul images within me. I have gone from one hideous room to another and walked in a no-man's-land of dangerous imaginations, probing into the depths of my fallen nature. I am utterly ashamed of myself that I am what I am in myself. Help me to forsake my lust of the flesh, my lust of the eyes and my pride of life, and from everything that is natural to fallen man, and let Christ's nature be seen in me today. AMEN
Friday, March 20, 2015
O Lord, the remembrance of my many sins makes me sorrowful since by them I have squandered the opportunity to serve and glorify You and have sown bitter seeds that now bear their bitter fruit. As Your child, I am ashamed that my sins have shown disrespect for You and Your holiness. I am grieved over the harm my sins have caused others. Indeed, upon reflection, I am horrified as I consider the darkness of my sins. Moreover, I am also weary from the burden and travail of all my iniquities. Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for Christ's sake. Take away the bitterness and pain of my sins as Christ has borne their punishment and taken away my guilt. Strengthen and renew Me by the grace of Your Spirit. Make the sight of my sins ugly and the vision of the beauty of Your holiness lovely to me. AMEN
Thursday, March 19, 2015
O Lord, the great commandment of the law is to love You with all our hearts, souls, and mind, and the second is like it: to love our neighbor as ourselves.
Impress upon me the vital connection between these two "tables" of the law, that my love for You will result in a true compassion for my fellow men. How prone I am to lavish love upon myself, O God, to take but not give, to give, but give sparingly, to cut corners and hold back, to pursue my own comforts and entertainments, and to rob You of the glory due Your name.
Give me a selfless love for others that will demonstrate a true love and devotion to You. I know that I will have opportunity even today to serve and love my neighbor. Use Your law, written upon my heart, to guide me to practical specific application. Enable me now, by Your Holy Spirit, to see myself in the light of Your Word. Help me to look deep, to have a sensitive heart, to repent and confess my sins, and to give all that is Your due. AMEN
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Fifth Penitential Psalm
The Lord's Eternal Love
A Prayer of the Afflicted, When He is Overwhelmed and Pours Out His Complaint Before the Lord.
1 Hear my prayer, O Lord,
And let my cry come to You.
2 Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my trouble;
Incline Your ear to me;
In the day that I call, answer me speedily.
3 For my days are consumed like smoke,
And my bones are burned like a hearth.
4 My heart is stricken and withered like grass,
So that I forget to eat my bread.
5 Because of the sound of my groaning
My bones cling to my skin.
6 I am like a pelican of the wilderness;
I am like an owl of the desert.
7 I lie awake,
And am like a sparrow alone on the housetop.
8 My enemies reproach me all day long;
Those who deride me swear an oath against me.
9 For I have eaten ashes like bread,
And mingled my drink with weeping,
10 Because of Your indignation and Your wrath;
For You have lifted me up and cast me away.
11 My days are like a shadow that lengthens,
And I wither away like grass.
12 But You, O Lord, shall endure forever,
And the remembrance of Your name to all generations.
13 You will arise and have mercy on Zion;
For the time to favor her,
Yes, the set time, has come.
14 For Your servants take pleasure in her stones,
And show favor to her dust.
15 So the nations shall fear the name of the Lord,
And all the kings of the earth Your glory.
16 For the Lord shall build up Zion;
He shall appear in His glory.
17 He shall regard the prayer of the destitute,
And shall not despise their prayer.
18 This will be written for the generation to come,
That a people yet to be created may praise the Lord.
19 For He looked down from the height of His sanctuary;
From heaven the Lord viewed the earth,
20 To hear the groaning of the prisoner,
To release those appointed to death,
21 To declare the name of the Lord in Zion,
And His praise in Jerusalem,
22 When the peoples are gathered together,
And the kingdoms, to serve the Lord.
23 He weakened my strength in the way;
He shortened my days.
24 I said, "O my God,
Do not take me away in the midst of my days;
Your years are throughout all generations.
25 Of old You laid the foundation of the earth,
And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
26 They will perish, but You will endure;
Yes, they will all grow old like a garment;
Like a cloak You will change them,
And they will be changed.
27 But You are the same,
And Your years will have no end.
28 The children of Your servants will continue,
And their descendants will be established before You."