Liturgy is meant to create rhythm, to become a habit. And our rhythms and habits shape us. All of us want growth. We want to get better, be used for God’s purposes, and become more like Jesus. And a necessary element to that is exposing ourselves to proper practices. The truth is that every one of us patterns our lives around something. We might not call it liturgy. But order, whether it be work to rest, activity to table, solitude to community, is a part of what it means to be human, and to follow Jesus.
And this liturgy, for waking with the word, is shaped around God and his work, and reminds us of the gospel and frees us to see God as the source of our life, and not our own efforts. And it utilizes the language of the Psalms. The Psalms are meant for seeing King Jesus in, as well as for seeking King Jesus with. And so we ought to use the language of the Psalms in relation to God, just as Jesus did throughout his life and ministry. This four part liturgy utilizes and appropriates Psalm 51, which is David’s prayer of confession and repentance.
Pray: For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, and you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your word and blameless in your judgment.
Moment of silence for the recognition of sin.
Respond: Against you O Lord, and you only, have I sinned.
Pray: Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
Psalm 51:1-2, 7-9
Moment of silence to remember the perfect life, sacrificial death, burial, and glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Respond: Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Pray: Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Extended time of reading and meditating on the Scriptures.
Respond: I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.
Pray: Then I will teach transgressors your ways. And sinners will return to you. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
Moment of prayer for the unique challenges that will accompany the day.
Respond: O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.