Sunday, February 22, 2015

Lenten Devotion -- Sunday, February 22

Day 4


Technically, Sundays are not part of Lent. This is because on the Lord's day we celebrate The Resurrection. The Lenten devotionals reflects this by examining the Psalms of Praise.

An atheist friend asked me once, a long time ago, "Why does your God need all this praise and adulation?" I told him: "God doesn't. we do. We need to Praise God. It re-orients us away from the pettiness of daily life and it's issues and towards God's greatness." If I were answering today, I would attempt to explain "where our treasure is, so is our heart."

Psalm 145 is a Psalm of praise, and a Psalm of promise.



The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises
    and faithful in all he does.
14 The Lord upholds all who fall
    and lifts up all who are bowed down.

Those two lines are particularly comforting for me.
Questions for reflection:
  1. What makes it difficult in your life right now to praise or thank God?
    • Today, it is actually quite easy to praise God because of all the answered prayers.
    • In other times, the business of life and the competing distractions and noise get in the way of being focused on God and praising God.
  2. Look back over the first five days of Lent and name some of the emotions you experienced. What can you praise God for?
    • Anger
    • Frustration
    • Doubt
    • Gratitude
    • Relief
    • Joy
    • I can praise God for the relief and joy: they are God's doing.

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