Brief Review: Block ZECOT Ruth

Brief Review of Daniel I. Block, Ruth, Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament (ZECOT), 2015. Some commentaries leave readers starving. Full of information but most of it distant from the practical needs of readers and preachers, they can be like a fruit with a hard shell that you can’t crack open. Not so with Block’s newer commentary on Ruth […]

Confession from Psalm 119:73-80

Creator, we know that your hands formed and fashioned us. Yet we know sinful human beings rebel against our Maker. We at times reject your designs. We have not feared you, but thought of you as “safe” and as unimportant. We thought we knew better, and therefore sinned. Because of our sins, we have given others little reason to rejoice […]

Confession of Sin: Ps. 119:65-72

You are good, Heavenly Father, and you do good. Yet we know that we are not good, and we have not done the good we ought to do. We have not been holy and good in all that we do, unlike you. We afflict others by our sins, and we respond wrongly to our own affliction. Thank you that we […]

Confession from Psalm 119:57-64

Triune God, we confess our sinful delays. We have not obeyed you right away, all the way, and with a happy heart. Our feet and hands have been slow because our hearts were wayward, loving sin. Not only pardon our sins, but transform us to be like Jesus Christ. He never turned to the right or the left, but continued […]

Psalm 119:57-64 Prayer

Father, Forgive me for believing my fruit comes from idols, not from you. You are my portion, yet I often live as though other things were my portion. When I choose sin, I declare that you are not my portion. That you are not all my fruit. That you are not sufficient, or good enough. Forgive me and instill in […]

Zayin: Confession of Sin from Ps. 119

Remember us, Holy God, but remember not our sins. Remember your promises to weak and weary servants, and do not cast us away because of our sins. We confess our sins to you today, and plead for forgiveness. Though our afflictions often perplex us, we confess that we deserve greater afflictions than we experience. We thank you for your promises […]

Confession from Psalm 119:41-48

Holy, Holy, Holy Triune God, we confess the sins of our tongues. Small but powerful, we have used our lips like swords, to hurt and not to heal. We have said things to and about people that we should not have. Our tongues have been like springs from which flow both sweet and bitter waters. When taunted, we have taunted […]

Confession from Psalm 119:33-40

Father of Mercies and God of all comfort, comfort your servants today as we mourn over our remaining sin. We have committed ourselves to you, but we are still sinful. We know that when we disobey your Word, we build our house on sand, yet we have continued to choose the bad portion. We pray with the Psalmist: “Give me […]

Prayer from Psalm 119:25-32

Merciful God, our souls cling to the dust. Give us life according to your word! We thank you that you hear our cries despite our many sins against you. Strengthen us by your Spirit; dispense upon us the blessings purchased by your Son Jesus Christ. His humiliation for us grieves us as we consider what he endured for our sins. […]