1 Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,that the mountains
would tremble before you!2 As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water
to boil,come down to make your name known to your enemies
and cause the nations to quake before you!3 For when you did awesome
things that we did not expect,you came down, and the mountains trembled
before you.4 Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who
wait for him.5 You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember
your ways.But when we continued to sin against them, you were
angry.How then can we be saved?6 All of us have become like one who is
unclean,and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;we all shrivel up like
a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.7 No one calls on your
name or strives to lay hold of you;for you have hidden your face from us
and have given us over to our sins.8 Yet you, LORD, are our Father.We
are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.9 Do not
be angry beyond measure, LORD; do not remember our sins forever.Oh,
look on us, we pray, for we are all your people.10 Your sacred cities have
become a wasteland; even Zion is a wasteland, Jerusalem a desolation.
11 Our holy and glorious temple, where our ancestors praised you,
has been burned with fire, and all that we treasured lies in ruins.
12 After all this, LORD, will you hold yourself back?Will you keep silent
and punish us beyond measure?
1. Silence – Read/Listen – Meditate – Pray – Contemplate
2. Repeat reading this chapter several times to allow the words sink
into your heart. Each time when you read, make it your plea, confession
and petition for mercy to God.
3. What is the word or phrase that touches you today as you read and
meditate on this passage? What is your emotion as you read this
word or phrase? How is that related to your current situation? What
does God tell you to do?
4. Based on this chapter, write a prayer to God for your church and
members of your church.
Prayer & Journaling: Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse
with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down
any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.