John 2:13-16 (NLT)
It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration, so Jesus went to Jerusalem. 14 In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money. 15 Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. 16 Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!”
I wake today to find a pressing weight pulling down on my burdened soul
Searching for a way to be made more complete, to be fully whole
The business of my existence has left me dry and parched
I wonder how it is I’ve been overwhelmed by this unholy march
How has my soul become a place of such buying and selling of wares?
How have I succumbed to the highest bidder for my spiritual cares?
I need a ferocious savior to overturn my merchant tables
To remind me I bought into religion’s lure of myth and fables
So gather some rope, my Lord, fashion together a searing whip
Remove from my hands this cup of lies from which I ignorantly sip
Take back this temple I’ve made into a corrupt den of thieves
Give me eyes to see how this forgery of faith makes your blessed heart grieve
A newness of devotion, raise me up again in a second birth
Cast out from my heart the impure wallowing in filth and dirt
Take back your place on the throne of my wounded, aching heart
Create in me a shrine of righteousness from which I’ll never depart
Jesus, cleanse me today of the things that keep me from making your temple pure and your kingdom advancing.
Dialog discuss: Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself? Take those thoughts that come to you the moment you wake up in the morning. You have not originated them but they are talking to you, they bring back the problems of yesterday, etc. Somebody is talking. Who is talking to you? Your self is talking to you…. This self of ours… has got to be handled. Do not listen to him; turn on him; speak to him; condemn him; upbraid him; exhort him; encourage him; remind him of what you know, instead of listening placidly to him and allowing him to drag you down and depress you. For that is what he will always do if you allow him to be in control. The devil takes hold of self and uses it in order to depress us. We must stand up and say, Why am I discouraged? Why so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again– my Savior and my God! Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember your kindness-Psalm 42:5. Martyn Lloyd-Jones