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Shaped by God - Saturday, March 25 - Lenten Devotional 2017

Shaped by God
Saturday, March 25
Lectionary

Psalm 40:1-10 (NRSV)
Thanksgiving for Deliverance and Prayer for Help
To the leader. Of David. A Psalm.
I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.

Happy are those who make the LORD their trust, who do not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after false gods. You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you. Were I to proclaim and tell of them, they would be more than can be counted.

Sacrifice and offering you do not desire, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required. Then I said, "Here I am; in the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart."

I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; see, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O LORD, I have not hidden your saving help within my heart, I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation.

REFLECTION:

  • What does it look like to wait patiently?
  • When have you been in a pit in life? Was it easy or hard to cry out to God from that place?
  • Did you feel that God was present? Why or why not?
  • What does God desire from us?
  • How might you speak of God's faithfulness and salvation this week?

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