9 So justice is far from us, and righteousness does not reach us.
We look for light, but all is darkness; for brightness, but we walk in deep
shadows.10 Like the blind we grope along the wall, feeling our way like
people without eyes.At midday we stumble as if it were twilight; among
the strong, we are like the dead.11 We all growl like bears; we moan
mournfully like doves.We look for justice, but find none; for deliverance,
but it is far away.12 For our offenses are many in your sight, and our
sins testify against us.Our offenses are ever with us, and we acknowledge
our iniquities:13 rebellion and treachery against the LORD, turning our
backs on our God,inciting revolt and oppression, uttering lies our hearts
have conceived.14 So justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at a
distance;truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter.
15 Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey.
1. Silence – Read/Listen – Meditate – Pray – Contemplate
2. As you read the passage aloud, replace we with I, and our with my.
What might God be thinking as he hears you read this?
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?
4. Now, make a list of sins – big and small – that you’ve committed in
the past week. In prayer, go through your list item by item, admit to
God that you should not have participated in such wrongdoing. Do
this with a humble and repentant heart. Ask God to help you not to
focus any longer on your sin, but to be free to focus and turn toward
5. As you go through today, make a point to confess your sins to God.
As you do this, be as specific as you can about your sins, acknowledging
your desperation and futility in attempting to live apart from
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.