Lord, You speak to us the Word of condemnation. You tell us that we are “a perverse generation” You tell us that “You will hide Your face from us” (Deuteronomy 32:20). You also speak to us the Word of compassion – “The Lord will … have compassion on His servants, when He sees their power is gone” (Deuteronomy 32:26). Help us, Lord, to hear the Word of condemnation – to know that “our power has gone”, so that we can hear the Word of compassion, the Word that comes to us in our weakness, the Word that brings us into Your strength – “a new creation in Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

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