Repentance 5 – a New Day

The aim of this devotional study is to consider God’s way for a fresh start, a clean slate – each new day.

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Lamentations 3:20-23, 40-42a

20  My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. 21  But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: 22  The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; 23  they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness!

40  Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the LORD! 41  Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven: 42  “We have transgressed and rebelled [against You].”

Observations and identification

  1. Notice two related movements of the prophet Jeremiah in these two portions quoted:.
    1. Describe the first change (v20-23).
    2. What caused this shift?
    3. Describe the second change (v40-42a).
    4. What caused this shift?
  2. The prophet calls the nation to “examine [their] ways and return to the Lord!”
    1. What do you understand from “lifting” both “hearts” and “hands” to the Lord?
  3. Identify the following elements of repentance in this Text by identifying the verse and phrase that reveals that aspect of the truth:
    1. “Godly sorrow produces to repentance” (2 Corinthians 5:7)
    2. “It is the goodness of the Lord that leads us to repentance” (Roman 2:4)
    3. Repentance requires taking responsibility for your own sins.
    4. Repentance requires turning away from your sinful ways.
    5. Repentance requires turning towards the Lord.
    6. Repentance requires confession of sins.

Prayer and Personal Reflection

Pray slowly and repetitively through this portion of Psalm 24, allowing the Lord to search your heart and hands. As the Holy Spirit reveals confess and repent of your transgressions and sins.

“3  Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place? 4  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. 5  He shall receive blessing from the LORD, And righteousness from the God of his salvation. 6  This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face.”