Thursday, April 2, 2015

Lenten Devotion - Thursday, April 2

Day 43


David, to whom this psalm is attributed, is a prime example of God using those he chooses despite their shortcomings. My goodness, was he one messed up individual or what? Still, despite all that, see what he accomplished for God. But this psalm is about betrayal, on Maundy Thursday when Judas betrayed Jesus.

Lynne M. Baab says: "It’s so easy to view Judas’s actions as something quite extraordinary, but all of us have the tendency to betray those we love." My first reaction to that was: What?? No way! I've never betrayed anyone I love in my life! But I stopped and thought about it. That is certainly my perception, and is accurate as far as that goes. But what if someone I loved did feel betrayed and, for whatever reason, did not tell me? That's a very worrisome thought. If it the case I ask their forgiveness, and God's forgiveness.
Blessed are those who have regard for the weak;
    the Lord delivers them in times of trouble.
The Lord protects and preserves them—
    they are counted among the blessed in the land—
    he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.
The Lord sustains them on their sickbed
    and restores them from their bed of illness.
The above is very comforting in light of the fact that I strongly believe:
"Them as can do, has to do for them as can’t. And someone has to speak up for them as has no voices." 
      Granny Aching, Wee Free Men -- Sir Terry Pratchett.
Dear Lord, show me how to do, how to be the voice and how to do your work. Give me the strength and constancy to see it through.
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