Fourth Sunday of Lent 2016: The Psalms Passage – Preacher and Seeker 1 preach to Seeker 2 (and us)

Seeker 1: “Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.”

Preacher: “While I kept silence, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long.”

Seeker 2: Yeah, I would be happy if all my sins, my “transgressions” were forgiven. But I don’t see how keeping silent about them is going to make me suffer.

Preacher: “For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.”

Seeker 1: “Selah!”

Seeker 2: Okay, so maybe I was feeling kinda bad and remorseful. I’m not perfect you know.

Preacher: “Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity;”

Seeker 1: “I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the guilt of my sin.”

Preacher: “Selah.”

Seeker 2: You know, this season of Lent is not easy; especially for someone like me who does not talk a lot about what I am feeling inside. It is hard for me to open up; and I can be just as hard for me to talk to God as it is to people about what I am feeling – my hurts, my sins and such.

Seeker 1: “Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you; at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them.”

Seeker 2: I know for listening to you two that it is better to talk to God and get right with God than it is to hide away. And I know more often than not I try to struggle through things on my own than to let anyone, God or anyone else know what is going on.

Preacher: “You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.”

Seeker 1: “Selah.”

Seeker 2: I get it; talk to God. Talk to others who can help me understand God and what God can do for me. But when I am knee deep in trouble, I just don’t think about “falling on my knees” so to speak.

Preacher: “I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”

Seeker 1: “Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding, whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle, else it will not stay near you.”

Seeker 2: Now just hold on! That is just a little bit harsh and rough. Just because I may not turn to God first thing, doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with me!

Seeker 1: “Many are the torments of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord.”

Seeker 2: I am not wicked! [sniff] I don’t want to be wicked. I do want God and I need God’s steadfast love! And I do want to develop steadfast love for God!

Preacher: “Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.” (Psalms 32)

Seeker 2: I will try. Especially in this season of Lent, I will try to be the person God wants me to be. Then I will rejoice and be glad in the Lord. Then I will shout for joy. Let it be as you say, O God. Selah!

 

 

Oh beloved reader, there is so much commentary, explanation and insight I want to give on what is going one here with Preacher, Seeker 1 and Seeker 2. Their characters, their purpose, their faith and outlook on life. And how they see God. I am hoping you can “read between the lines” and see what I tried to craft and create. And I hope in some small way it contributes to your journey through this season of Lent. Selah!

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