Lent, Day 14

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


Morning

Invitation

“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.” (Psalm 145:13)

Silence

(Spend few moments in silence and stillness).

Reading: Psalm 27

The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear?

One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of God all the days of my life, to gaze on its beauty and to seek him in his temple.

For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.

Prayer

• for a deeper understanding of the gospel

• for the full experience of our place as God’s children

• for racial reconciliation


Evening

Reading: Romans 4:13-17

It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.

Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.

Silence

(Spend few moments in silence and stillness).

Dwelling

Read again, perhaps out loud. How have God’s words moved you? Ponder and meditate what has connected with your heart or mind. Pray to God what it is that has moved you today. Turn your thoughts to God and quietly enjoy being with him.

Prayer

Father, I praise you for the story of salvation you reveal in the Bible. Good news spills out on every page—in the created goodness of Eden, through your promises to Abraham and the pointed proclamations of the prophets, even in the strange sacrifices and ceremonies of the law. And of course, I hear the gospel most clearly in your dear Son, Jesus. In his name I pray, amen. (HC 19)

Blessing

“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his words I put my hope.” (Psalm 130:5)

 

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