Tuesday, March 10th, 2020
Psalm 71 written by King David is a Prayer for Longlife Protection and Help.
“I will also praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praises to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel.”
During this week of Lent I’m sharing with you “Remember.” From a pamphlet written by Rev. Sam McGothlin called “The Sanctuary for Lent 2020.”
We have discussed 2 of the 7 R’s of Lent, Repent and Recover. Let’s continue our journey through the wildness as we talk about “REMEMBER” today. In the scripture today David is praising God, not just with his voice and prayers but through his musical abilities by playing on his harp and lyre.
Are there specific ways you praise God?
As we journey through Lent and Life, take a look back on some of your adventures or seasons, are there moments you remember vividly? Just as the seasons change from winter to spring, spring to summer, summer to fall, and fall into winter. Our lives cycle in very similar ways. Here’s a quote about change,
“Everything changes but change itself. Everything flows and nothing remains the same…You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters and yet others go flowing ever on.”
One of my favorite passages in the Bible is Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
No matter the circumstances of our lives we are assured that God never changes. He is the same today as He was yesterday and will be tomorrow He remains unchanged. His love endures. Sure, life is hard sometimes or maybe even a lot of the time, but never fear God will never leave you, He’s always with you. We may not always understand or know why we travel through the wilderness, especially when we are in the thicket, press-on and praise God for His faithfulness, just as David did. Stay on the journey, thanking God for the strength of the day and the hope for tomorrow.
If you need to lament, do so! I love what Rev. McGlothin says, “Tears do not equal a lack of faith…we can be angry and understanding; grieving and grateful.” David reminds us of the wide range of God-given emotions, we are meant to use them. Lent can bring us to our knees and we often weep and praise God while we are on our knees.
Practice: Read aloud or listen to “How Great Thou Art”
ειρήνη – “Peace” in Greek, reference listed below.