14 day plan

God in Daily Life

Day 7 of 14


Psalm 51:2

2Wash away all my evil

and make me clean from my sin!

Reflection:  I love going to the beach. Being in the ocean calms me. Having salt in my hair produces some of my best hairstyles. The fresh air brings my heart rate down and the sun makes me jolly. I wish I could be at the beach every day.  What I don’t like about the beach is when you need to wash off all the sand. Sand has an amazing ability to travel through your clothing and get into some pretty awkward places. Yet, if I don’t wash off the sand, there will be chafing … and that will hurt. Sometimes, I toss up if it’s necessary to rinse, but when I start waddling off the beach,
I know what I should do.  Why do we avoid the things that are good for us? Is it laziness? Is it foolishness?  I avoid bible reading and prayer, more than I wish to confess. I act like that things like Instagram feeds and Netflix will nourish my soul. Then, when I feel irritable and uncomfortable, I realise it’s because I used sand to cleanse and refresh my soul instead of the Living Water.

Question:   What are you using to cleanse and refresh your soul?

Prayer: Lord may we come to you to nourish our soul. Please forgive us when we place our identity in how other people see us. Amen

Psalm 51:1-19

A Prayer for Forgiveness

1Be merciful to me, O God,

because of your constant love.

Because of your great mercy

wipe away my sins!

2Wash away all my evil

and make me clean from my sin!

3I recognize my faults;

I am always conscious of my sins.

4 I have sinned against you—only against you—

and done what you consider evil.

So you are right in judging me;

you are justified in condemning me.

5I have been evil from the day I was born;

from the time I was conceived, I have been sinful.

6Sincerity and truth are what you require;

fill my mind with your wisdom.

7Remove my sin, and I will be clean;

wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

8Let me hear the sounds of joy and gladness;

and though you have crushed me and broken me,

I will be happy once again.

9Close your eyes to my sins

and wipe out all my evil.

10Create a pure heart in me, O God,

and put a new and loyal spirit in me.

11Do not banish me from your presence;

do not take your holy spirit away from me.

12Give me again the joy that comes from your salvation,

and make me willing to obey you.

13Then I will teach sinners your commands,

and they will turn back to you.

14Spare my life, O God, and save me,

and I will gladly proclaim your righteousness.

15Help me to speak, Lord,

and I will praise you.

16You do not want sacrifices,

or I would offer them;

you are not pleased with burnt offerings.

17My sacrifice is a humble spirit, O God;

you will not reject a humble and repentant heart.

18O God, be kind to Zion and help her;

rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

19Then you will be pleased with proper sacrifices

and with our burnt offerings;

and bulls will be sacrificed on your altar.