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Friday After Ash Wednesday : Psalm 51:15-19

March 4, 2022

Today we meditate on Psalm 51:15-19, the end of David’s prayer of confession and spend a time in worship singing “How Great Thou Art”

Lent: Meditation and Worship
Lent: Meditation and Worship
Friday After Ash Wednesday : Psalm 51:15-19

Sermon Transcript:

:10 Welcome to the meditation and worship series with west side church. Over the next few weeks, we will be meditating on scripture and diving into some practices. As we walk through the season of lent. Our hope is that over the course of this Lenten season, this time of meditation and worship can be a breath of fresh air as we journey towards Easter together. So let us start by pausing for a moment and focusing our attention to Jesus. And may we be expectant of the movement of the holy spirit in our time together, if you are in a place to do so, close your eyes, hold out your hands in front of you in a posture of surrender, take a deep breath in and out and another in and out.

01:10 We're continuing in Psalm 51. Today. It is a prayer of confession and repentance from king David. After being confronted with his own sin. It gives us an outline of where to begin. Not only when we confess and ask for repentance, but also helps us recognize the need to be cleansed from the effects of sin. Psalm 51 15 through 19, oh Lord, pry open my lips that this mouth will sing joyfully of your greatness. I would surrender my dearest possessions or destroy all that I prized to prove my regret, but you don't take pleasure and sacrifices or burnt offerings. What sacrifice I can offer you as my broken spirit because of broken spirit. Oh God, a heart that honestly regrets the past. You won't detest. Be good to Zion. Grant her your favor, make Jerusalem's walls steady and strong. Then there will be sacrifices made burn offerings and whole burnt offerings with right motives that will delight you and costly bulls that will be offered up to your altar. Only the best

02:38 We've reached the end of David's prayer of confession here, we see a shift in mood like David has let out all of the air of a breath. He has emptied himself of all that he has, and he moves to worship. Walter Brueggemann writes of this song, the very lips which diminished the self are now able to exalt God. The full Psalm shows us that one cannot ask for lips to praise until one has engaged in a profound, yielding and emptying true worship and living new require a yielding of self. To begin again on God's terms Today, we're going to spend a moment in worship of our great God. Take a moment and praise God for who he is. How have you seen him move in your life? In the last couple of days, call out some of his names, almighty comforter, faithful, exalted. We're going to sing an old hymn together today. It is an expectation of who God is. As we empty ourselves. Let our response be praise of the God most high. Holy holy holy are you, Lord God almighty. We stand with heaven in singing your praise. May our lips be full of worship for you are good. You are holy and your love is everlasting. Thank you Lord, for who you are and making a way for us to stand in. Awe of you. We love you.