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Shaped by God - Tuesday, March 7 - Lenten Devotional 2017

Shaped by God
Tuesday, March 7
Lectionary

Psalm 32 (NRSV)
The Joy of Forgiveness
Of David. A Maskil.
Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Happy are those to whom the LORD imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. 

While I kept silence, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah

Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD," and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah

Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you; at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them. You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance. Selah

I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding, whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle, else it will not stay near you.

Many are the torments of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the LORD. Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for you, all you upright in heart.

REFLECTION:

  • Who are the ones that are happy according to the Psalmist David?
  • Why do you think the Psalmist kept silent? What did his silence do to him?
  • What do you think the Psalmist means by a "hiding place"?
  • How is God a "hiding place" for you?
  • What does it mean that "steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord"?
  • How can you be glad in the Lord and rejoice today?

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