The First Sunday of Lent – Encountering the God we know and will learn to know (The Psalm Passage)

It is believed that King David is the author of many of the psalms. Reading the psalms is a good way to get an insight the man was chosen by God to be king.

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me. Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame; let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.” (Psalm 25:1-3)

One the emotions that is often a part of Lent is the feeling of shame. Recognizing we have gone wrong; it is interesting then to “hear” David say he does not want to be put to shame. In his plea is the desire to be directed and guided by God. We know from the stories from David’s rule that he often did things that did not make God pleased. But God was pleased by David’s desire to live rightly according to God’s laws.

Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.

Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!” (Verses 4-7)

While we may remember our shame, we also remember God’s love for us, which manifested itself in the sending of Jesus. And we remember Jesus’ love for us in the sending of the Holy Spirit. When David wrote these words he had no actual knowledge of God sending Jesus and Jesus sending the Holy Spirit. But David glimpsed God’s love and compassion, mercy and forgiveness.

Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.” (Verses 8-10)

The days and weeks of Lent contain instruction and new learning, and reminders of what we have known before. I hope and pray for you, beloved reader, that it will be a time of relearning and learning anew. And that you will be drawn more closely to God and our Lord Jesus. Selah!

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About Carole Boshart

I have two blogs on WordPress. "A Simple Desire" which is based on the daily "Sips of Scripture" published and sent out by Third Way Cafe. "Pondering From the Pacific" is based on my reflections on the world - sometimes religious/spiritual, and sometimes not so much.

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