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Psalms…The Prayer Book of the Bible

Daryl  In his book of the same title, Dietrich Bonhoeffer talks about the Psalms as the prayer book of the Bible.  He talks about Jesus praying for forgiveness of sin and remarks how that must seem strange to some of us, because He was sinless.  But Paul explains this to the Church at Corinth:

2 Corinthians 5:21 (NKJV)
21  For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Quoting Bonhoeffer, “…not for the sake of his sins, but for the sake of our sins, which he has taken upon himself, does he pray for the forgiveness of sins”  Now we can pray the Psalmists prayer: Psalm 17:3 (NKJV)
3  You have tested my heart; You have visited me in the night; You have tried me and have found nothing; I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.

Now we can pray in unison with Christ and the Psalmist “You have tried me and found nothing.”  All Thanks to Jesus.

Romans 8:1 (NKJV)
1  There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

What a release to be able to approach the throne of God with no guilt or shame, because Jesus bore it all for us.  My prayer for you today is that you will realize the love Christ has for you and replicate it (through the power of the Holy Spirit, our divine helper).  Also that you may know salvation and have the sweet release from all guilt.  That remedy can only come from living in the Spirit.  This is a good start toward true discipleship…praying His word back to Him and living like you believe it.