Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lenten Devotion -- Wednesday, March 25

Day 35

Another psalm talking about our place in the world. It starts with a reminder that, in the final analysis, God is in charge.

The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
    the world, and those who live in it;
for he has founded it on the seas,
    and established it on the rivers.
And we have a reminder of where we stand:
Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
    And who shall stand in his holy place?
Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
    who do not lift up their souls to what is false,
    and do not swear deceitfully.
They will receive blessing from the Lord,
    and vindication from the God of their salvation.
Such is the company of those who seek him,
    who seek the face of the God of Jacob.
Those are pretty clear marching orders. But I find it interesting that God is referred to as "the God of Jacob." Somebody (hi Cindy!) sent me a sermon relevant to one of the previous meditations. In that sermon, Terry Roper points out that Jacob was not a nice guy. In fact he was pretty despicable. But God still used Jacob to accomplish great deeds. The sermon also mentions that Paul would not have made a whole lot of friends either. This is comforting: there is room for those of us that don't see ourselves as worthy to step up and accept the roles and duties that God would have us take on. To not let that perceived unworthiness get in the way.

This is another psalm that invokes a glorious anthem:
Who is this King of glory?
    The Lord of hosts,
    he is the King of glory.

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