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.
Those two lines are particularly comforting for me.
Questions for reflection:
- 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.
- I can praise God for the relief and joy: they are God's doing.