Lent, Day 4

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Today’s morning and evening meditations are available below in script and audio forms. The audio version is also available for free download on the player.


Morning

SCRIPT VERSION

Invitation

“The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.” (Psalm 145:8)

Silence

(Spend few moments in silence and stillness).

Reading: Psalm 130

Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord. Hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, Lord, kept a record of mistakes, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, in awe, serve you.

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his words I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning.

Put your hope in the Lord, for with him is unfailing love and full redemption. He himself will redeem us from all our mistakes.

Prayer

• for the flourishing of faith communities everywhere

• for worship that glorifies God and gathers, unites, and blesses people

• for our elders and leaders

AUDIO VERSION


Evening

SCRIPT VERSION

Reading: Matthew 6:16-21

“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Silence

(Spend few moments in silence and stillness).

Dwelling

Remind yourself you are in God’s presence and read again. Notice how God might be speaking to you through his words. Dwell on a word or phrase that jumps out at you. Let your heart respond to God in prayer. Take refreshment in God’s presence.

Prayer

Creator God, I praise you for creating humanity good, in your own image. Despite the regularity of evil wickedness I see in the world, despite my own twisted ways, this is not the way it is supposed to be. I’m meant to know you, to love you with all my heart, and to live with you in eternal happiness. Today, equip me to move in the direction of your created purposes for me. In Christ’s name, amen. (HC 6)

Blessing

Redeem us from all wickedness, purify us and make us your very own, eager to do what is good. (Titus 2:14)

AUDIO VERSION

 

About Lent

Lent is a season of preparation and discipline, which begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes at sun-down on Holy Saturday.

During the forty weekdays and six Sundays in Lent, the church remembers the sacrificial life and ministry of Jesus leading to the cross and renews its commitment to Christian discipleship.

Abbreviations

BC Belgic Confession

CD Canons of Dort

HC Heidelberg Catechism

WC Westminster Confession

WLC Westminster Larger Catechism

WSC Westminster Shorter Catechism