From Handbook to Scripture, Day 147
READING: PSALM 32
Psalm 32, one of the seven “penitential psalms” (the others are Psalms 6, 38, 51, 102, 130, and 143), records the anguish and subsequent deliverance of a man who sought to deny and cover up his guilt before the holy eyes of God. The psalm opens with a joyful word about the blessing of forgiveness (verses 1–2), and in verses 3–5, David recalls the painful effects of his stubbornness and the turning point of his repentance. The wisdom of repentance is evident in the conclusion of the psalm. Those who do not know the Lord and believers who refuse to be honest with Him will try to cover up or rationalize their transgressions. Only when we turn to Him or turn back to Him can we know the liberation and blessing of forgiveness and newness of life.
Prayer: Lord, I thank You that You instruct me and teach me in the way I should go, and that mercy surrounds me when I trust in You. May I be glad in the Lord and rejoice in Your forgiveness.
Meditation passage: verses 1–2, 6–8
From Simple Prayers, Day 147
I DRAW NEAR TO YOU, GOD
O Lord, I am deeply grateful for Your wonderful acts, for Your abundant promises, and for the gift of my relationship with You through the merits of Christ.
All the kings of the earth will give thanks to You, O Lord,
When they hear the words of Your mouth.
Yes, they sing of the ways of the Lord,
For the glory of the Lord is great.
Though the Lord is on high,
Yet He looks upon the lowly,
But the proud He knows from afar. (Psalm 138:4–6)
Take a moment to express your gratitude for the many blessings that you have received from the Lord.
THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE
O Sovereign Lord, You are God! Your words are true, and You have promised good things to Your servant. (2 Samuel 7:28)
God will impute righteousness to us who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered over to death because of our sins and was raised because of our justification. (Romans 4:24–25)
I LISTEN TO YOUR WORDS OF TRUTH
Why should any living man complain when punished for his sins? Let us search out and examine our ways, and let us return to the Lord. (Lamentations 3:39–40)
MY RESPONSE TO YOU, LORD
I will trust in You enough to honor You as holy in the sight of others. (Numbers 20:12)
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17)
Lord, I thank You that Your words are true and that You credit righteousness to those who trust in Christ. I ask that I would return to You when I fall into disobedience, and that I would trust You and enrich others.
From Handbook to Wisdom, Day 147 (Wisdom)
RESPOND CORRECTLY TO REPROOF
The person who listens to a life-giving rebuke
will be at home among the wise.
The one who refuses correction despises himself,
but whoever heeds reproof gains understanding.
A rebuke goes deeper into a wise person
than a hundred lashes into a fool.
Lord, although there is no pleasure in being rebuked and corrected, I desire a teachable spirit that is willing to receive the truth in humility. May I listen for the truth and not filter it out through stubbornness and defensiveness, so that I will grow in wisdom and make the necessary mid-course corrections that will lead to maturity in character. Amen.