Reading: Lamentations 3; Psalm 29
My soul is void of peace;
I have forgotten what joy is.
All my strength has failed me;
My hope has disappeared.
I thought it was surely over;
But I found myself still there.
My bones they ache within me;
And my soul is in despair.
But I remember how you love me;
That you are always there.
Your faithfulness is lasting,
And with me ’til the end.
Each day dawns with new hope;
Your deliverance is near.
In you will I find satisfaction;
In your name alone will I rest.
Your name, it is unchanging;
My hope is not in vain.
The walls close in around me;
But my trust they cannot take.
Reading: Jeremiah 40-44; Psalm 24
Father, everything and everyone on earth belongs to you. You founded the world and established its borders. Who can stand before you? Whoever has a pure heart and whose life is marked by good works. But their righteousness does not come through the work of their own hands, but is a gift from you they simply receive. Whoever faithfully follows and trusts in you receives blessing and righteousness through you. Let me seek your will with open eyes and ears that I might be ready to do whatever you say. Cleanse me of all my selfish desires so that I’m concerned only with doing what brings you glory.
Reading: Jeremiah 37-39; Psalm 23
Father, you are my shepherd;
I shall not want.
You make me lie down in green pastures.
You lead me beside still waters.
You restore my soul.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in your house forever.
Reading: Jeremiah 33-36; Psalm 22
Father, I am ruined when I think of what Jesus did for me and every other sinner. Hanging from a Roman cross, he called out to you, and for the first time in all his life he heard only silence in return. Jesus was scorned by mankind, mocked for not taking himself down from the cross. He was poured out like water, and all his bones were out of joint. His heart melted like wax in his chest. His strength dried up, and his tongue stuck to his mouth in thirst. A company of evil encircled him, piercing his hands and feet. His pain was so excruciating he could count all his bones. But he trusted in your deliverance. Though Jesus was rejected by the world, he was not rejected by you. You did not despise him, though you laid on him the sins of the world. No, you raised him up in victory over death, and now he is the righteous Branch from the line of David who continually offers sacrifices before you for all your people! Oh, how great, mysterious, and glorious is your gospel!
Reading: Jeremiah 30-32; Psalm 21
Father, my heart was incurable. There was no medicine to cure it. I was utterly dead in my sins, but you, being rich in mercy, sent Jesus to die for the sins of the world. Now, through his resurrection and ascension, you have put your Holy Spirit inside of me, renewing and curing my heart. You love me with an everlasting love. You punish me when I deserve it, but your correction doesn’t mean your love for me has left. Your faithfulness to me continues. You have written your law on my heart and put the fear of you inside of me. Your Spirit corrects and convicts me each day. I cannot pretend that I’m unaware of your commands, for the Spirit calls them to mind and your Word surrounds me. Fear of you is good for me and my children. It leads to wisdom and life. You charge each of us with our own iniquities, Lord. May I accept the consequences accordingly, knowing full well the ultimate price for my sin was paid for by the blood of Jesus.