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SELF EXAMINATION

July 9, 2014

Wednesday

 

Psalms 51:1-19

 

HAVE mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

 

LESSON

 

David confessed the sins he committed against Bathsheba and Uriah. It is a model of confession that has become popular with God’s people. Since we all sin so often and need to confess frequently, this psalm is a help and comfort to us all. We should read it especially when we feel guilty or have sinned.

There comes a time in each and every one of our lives that we need to take a look at where we are and what we do. We need to examine ourselves and ask the question, “Am I doing my best to serve the Lord?” A lot of us when asking this question see things in ourselves that we wish we could change. We have feelings, thoughts, problems and attitudes that we know we need to change.

 

Memory Verse: Ephesians 5:26

 

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