Saturday, April 19, 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

READING


Old Testament: Lamentations 3:37-58
Morning Psalms: Psalms 95, 88
New Testament: Hebrews 4:1-16, Romans 8:1-11
Evening Psalms: Psalms 27

DEVOTIONAL


Throughout Psalm 27 the author cries out to God for help. God hear me! God listen to me! God save me! These are all very real experiences of life. We can connect with the emotion of this Psalm as if it was written yesterday and not over 2,000 years ago.

My favorite part of the whole passage is the psalmist’s invitation:

“One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord....”

The author is requesting a closer connection to God. And not just a glimpse of God but rather to actually live in God’s house and to behold the beauty of the Lord! This is quite a bold statement. If you have trouble or a need you can go to God with it. God is our shelter and protector. He literally dwells with us and within us.

As we move through this Holy season of Lent, reflecting on penitence and our sins can be very heavy. Many of us may feel like we have 40 days where we spiritually beat ourselves for not “doing what we should” the rest of the year just so we can make it to Easter. What if instead we chose to be rigorously honest with our God just like this psalmist does? This is our opportunity. The God of the universe is ever present to guide us. If we take a risk and ask “Teach me your way, O Lord” or choose to “wait on the Lord” we may be surprised by the response. For it is in the process of seeking God that we learn how to connect with God and that God is always present to us.
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