Friday — September 22, 2023

Reading God’s Word: Ezra 9-10; Psalm 79

Memorizing God’s Word: John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Meditating on God’s Word: Ezra 9:15 Lord, the God of Israel, you are righteous! We are left this day as a remnant. Here we are before you in our guilt, though because of it not one of us can stand in your presence.”

Praying God’s Word: “Lord, the lesson of Ezra is not in rebuilding a temple, but rather, a people for yourself. It is not in making beautiful the city of Jerusalem, but rather, the hearts of your children. The lesson for us is that you are righteous, holy and blameless, and we cannot stand before you while clothed in our sin and guilt. You reveal your heart through Ezra as he tears apart his clothes and pulls out his hair. Sin is truly that appalling and sorrowful. Forgive us for carelessly excusing that which is excruciating to you. May our hearts be warmed to your Word, sickened to our sin, and quick to confess and be cleansed by the blood of Christ. He can stand in your presence, and thank you God, we can stand in Him. Amen.”