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"Create in me a pure heart, Oh God"

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Psalm 50 (51)
 
 
10.    Create in me a pure heart, Oh God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
 
11.    Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
 
12.    Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.
 
Chris
 
Someone in the water — Lord cleanse me
 
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Jesus, Son of David

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2 Samuel 7:18-19, 24-29
Mark 4:21-25
 
Jesus looked to everyday life to reveal the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven.  Yesterday it was the image of a sower sowing seed, today it is of a lamp bringing light into the darkness.
 
In both cases, however, the images refer to Jesus himself.  While the seed is his word, the lamp refers to his coming into our world to bring the light of truth — truth that will set the world free from the thrall of darkness and ignorance.
 
At one level, the hiddenness of the light is related to the apparent ordinariness of Jesus.  He grew up within a family and for thirty years was simply the carpenter’s son.
 
There is a hiddenness also because people’s minds were closed to the possibility that God’s Son could come among us.  And yet the words and actions of Jesus created a dilemma: what were people to make of  what they were seeing and hearing?
 
The mystery of Jesus is also hidden within the words of the Old Testament Scriptures.  Today’s passage from 2 Samuel 7 relates King david’s desire to build God's temple in Jerusalem.  But God sent the prophet Nathan to David to tell him that, on the contrary, it would be God that would build a house for David and indeed establish a kingdom and dynasty that would last forever.
 
With the coming of Jesus and his death and resurrection, this text is fulfilled, because the kingdom of the Son of David is now established forever.
 
The light that was hidden is now revealed!
 
Lord, may the light of your wisdom enlighten my mind and heart that I may discover hidden in the Old Testament the mysteries of God, revealed in the New!
 
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