Devotion - October 24, 2014

Devotion - October 24, 2014

Daily devotion from Hymn 306, verse 3.

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O Jesus, let your precious blood
Be to my soul a cleansing flood.
Turn not, O Lord, your guest away,
But grant that justified I may
Go to my house at peace to be:
O God, be merciful to me!

(Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal – Hymnal 306, verse 3)

O God, be merciful to me!

What makes me think that I, a sinner, can approach God, the Judge of all, with confidence–even on my best days? What makes me think that I, a sinner, can have any expectation of anything good from the God whose will I violate in thought and deed and word on a daily basis? What makes me think that I, a sinner, can have any hope of mercy from the Almighty?

God himself gives me hope. God himself generates such an expectation. God himself fills me with confidence.

The basis is Jesus’ precious blood: “The blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).

The effect is cleansing: “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool” (Isaiah 1:18).

The result is an open invitation: “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world” (Matthew 25:34).

The declaration is not guilty: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:23-24).

The blessing is peace: “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).

Dear friend, when your sins press down upon you, know that you can approach God and appeal to his mercy. Jesus’ blood has made perfect payment for your sins. You have been cleansed; declared not guilty. You can live in peace.

Prayer: 

O Jesus, let your precious blood be to my soul a cleansing flood. Turn not, O Lord, your guest away, but grant that justified I may go to my house at peace to be: O God, be merciful to me!

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