Reproach of Nathan and the Penance of David

“I Shall Stand” (Ode 5)

Fifth Sunday in Lent

Watchword for the week — Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

Sunday, March 21 — Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-12; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33

My hand laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens; when I summon them, they stand at attention. Isaiah 48:13

God of all ages, whose almighty hand

leads forth in beauty all the starry band

of shining worlds in splendor through the skies,

our grateful songs before your throne arise. (p139)

In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. John 1:1-3

At the name of Jesus

ev’ry knee shall bow,

ev’ry tongue confess him

King of glory now;

’tis the Father’s pleasure

we should call him Lord,

who from the beginning

was the mighty Word (480)

Eternal Word, you have existed forever, along with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Everything in creation came into being through you. We look forward to the day when everything and everyone will confess you as Lord! Amen.

(Courtesy: Moravian Daily Texts 2021)

Scripture Read & Listen

Listen here: Psalm 51 by Tinasha LaRaye

Psalm 51

A Prayer of Repentance

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

Have mercy upon me, O God,
According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my transgressions,
And my sin is always before me.
Against You, You only, have I sinned,
And done this evil in Your sight—
That You may be found just [a]when You speak,
And blameless when You judge.

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.
Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,
And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Make me hear joy and gladness,
That the bones You have broken may rejoice.
Hide Your face from my sins,
And blot out all my iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You.

14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
The God of my salvation,
And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips,
And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
16 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;
You do not delight in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart—
These, O God, You will not despise.

18 Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion;
Build the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness,
With burnt offering and whole burnt offering;
Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.

Art Study for the Week

Reproach of Nathan and the Penance of David“, The Paris Psalter, c. 950. Public domain images.

Psalter is a copy of the 150 Psalms of David, translated from the Hebrew into demotic Greek. The psalter is followed by the Canticles of the Old Testament, a further series of prayers. Both these texts were particularly well-suited for use by members of the laity in private devotional exercises.

136v: Nathan Rebukes David concerning Bathsheba; the Penitence of David with Repentance (μετάνοια).

Hymns & Praises

Hymn: “All to Jesus I Surrender
(Original Lyrics) Author: Judson W. Van De Venter (1896)

1 All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.

I surrender all, I surrender all;
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

2 All to Jesus I surrender,
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel Thy Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine. [Refrain]

3 All to Jesus I surrender,
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power,
Let Thy blessing fall on me. [Refrain]

Closing Prayer

Save, O Lord, and have mercy on us. Deliver us from every tribulation, wrath and need; from every sickness of soul and body. Forgive us, Lord, every transgression, voluntary and involuntary, And do whatever is profitable for our souls.

In Jesus Christ’s Holy Name, Amen.