Thursday, March 6, 2014
Morning Psalm: 37:1-18 | Evening Psalm: 37:19-42
Habakkuk 3:1-18 | Philippians 3:12-21 | John 17:1-8
“Delight yourself in the Lord,
and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
From Drudgery to Delight: Running to Obtain God’s Promises
With ashes still lingering on our foreheads, we stand at the threshold of another Lent. For many, Lent is perceived as a season of drudgery, but this morning’s Psalm speaks of something quite different: delight. Amidst lives marked by seemingly unsolvable problems, deep heartache, and spiritual malnourishment, Christ issues a gentle call to each of us to delight in Him and find our solace there. The Psalmist tells us that, “The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand” (Ps 37:23-24). What assurance the child of God has!
No matter what valley of shadows we may find ourselves traversing today, Christ calls us to press on from drudgery to delight, trusting Him to uphold us. At its heart, Lent is not about giving up some triviality for forty days; it is about throwing off every weight and hindrance in order that we might run freely to obtain God’s promises.
This Lent, I invite you to choose delight over drudgery as you begin your forty-day pilgrimage, “forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead” (Phil 3:13). Drudgery has no place in the life of the redeemed, so rise up, Beloved, and delight yourself in the Lord that He may fill your deepest longings with the promise of His grace. Though betrayal, pain, and crucifixion loom on the horizon, the gleam of resurrection is already piercing the lingering darkness.
O God, You declare Your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of Your grace, that we, running to obtain Your promises, may become partakers of Your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Collect for Proper 21, BCP pg 234)
Bryant Stephen Matheu
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