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Day 1 Lenten Scripture and Meditation: Ash Wednesday

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Scripture Reading: Psalm 51

To begin the Lenten season, read and meditate on Psalm 51 in its entirety. Psalm 51 is an ideal meditation because it is the most eminent of the penitence psalms, and most expressive of the cares and desires of a repenting sinner.

Start the Lenten season by repenting for your sins of the past.

David penned this psalm after he committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband Uriah killed. David's sin is not our sin, but we have also sinned against God. Therefore, like David, we should come to the throne of grace with a penitent heart to confess our sins.

We see the following things David does in Psalm 51:

  • David confesses his sin (v. 3-6).
  • The psalmist prays earnestly for the pardon of his sin (v. 1, 2, 7, 9).
  • He prays for peace of conscience (v. 8, 12).
  • He prays for grace to go and sin no more (v. 10, 11, 14).
  • David prays for liberty of access to God (v. 15).
  • David promises to do what he could for the good of the souls of others (v. 13).
  • David also prays for the glory of God (v. 16, 17, 19).
  • David concludes with a prayer for Zion and Jerusalem (v. 18).

Notice, Psalm 51 begins with a confession but ends with a prayer.

Those of us who have sin in our lives should read and meditate on Psalm 51. Though we might not be guilty of adultery and murder like David, we can still apply all of the psalm to out own lives. Pray that God will create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us for whatever sin we have committed against Him, against others and against ourselves (Psalm 51:10).

Today, you are invited to use Psalm 51 as a pattern for meditation throughout Day 1 of the Lenten season. Tomorrow you are invited to read and meditate on Day 2 of the Lenten season.

List of Lenten Scriptures and Meditation from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday.

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