Lenten Devotional: Friday, March 15

 Psalm 40Psalm 51Psalm 54Psalm 95Deuteronomy 10:12-22Hebrews 4:11-16John 3:22-36

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a
new and right spirit within me
. Psalm 51:10

In the Psalms for today, we are called to worship and obedience. We are to wait patiently for the Lord. We pray for God’s mercy as we plead our transgressions and sins. We plead for a “clean heart” and a “new and right spirit”, asking to be restored to the joy of God’s salvation.

In Deuteronomy 10:12-22, we are given what the Lord requires: to fear the Lord, and walk in his ways, to love him and serve the Lord with our heart and soul, and to keep his commandments as God’s chosen people. We are directed to circumcise the foreskin of our hearts, to love the stranger, and to fear and worship the Lord, our God, remembering that God has made us, his chosen people, as numerous as the stars in heaven.

In the Book of Hebrews (4:11-16), we are invited to “make every effort to enter the rest that God has promised, so that no one may fall through such disobedience as theirs”.

In the Gospel according to John (3:22-36), John’s disciples asked John, who has been baptizing, about Jesus, also baptizing. John clarifies that he (John) is not the Messiah but that he was sent ahead of Jesus who is the Bridegroom, who has come down from heaven. “He whom God has sent speaks the words of God”. . . . “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but must endure God’s wrath.”

This Lenten season, let us follow this path of worship and obedience, to plead our transgressions and sins, and to plead for a “clean heart” and a “new and right spirit”, asking to be restored to the joy of God’s salvation.