Wednesday in Holy Week, March 27, 2013
Morning Psalm: 55 | Evening Psalm: 74
Jeremiah 17:5-10, 14-17 | Philippians 4:1-13 | John 12:27-36
It is Wednesday of Holy Week. The palms from Sunday have been swept away. The money changers from Monday are probably still grumbling. Today we hear the words from Psalm 55, “Give ear to my prayer, O God, and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy!...My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen upon me...I would hurry to find a shelter from the raging wind and tempest” (vv 1, 4, and 8). The psalmist cries, “Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he hears my
voice” (v 17).
Although David wrote this Psalm during his trials with Absalom, the Psalms seem to transcend time and space. For me, the “raging wind and tempest” has represented many battles, the worst of which was Hurricane Katrina. Many days and nights after that awful storm, I too cried aloud and prayed for God to hear my voice.
In times of tragedy, sorrow, and pain, I have often turned to the Psalms for comfort, guidance, and help. Often the Psalms give voice to feelings and thoughts which reach down into the depths of my soul. In the coming days, Jesus himself will utter words from Psalm 22, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And yet, even in his pain, agony, and separation from the Father, Jesus, who knew the Hebrew Scriptures well, may have also recalled the hopeful words which close Psalm 55:23 “But I will trust in you.”
The journey toward the cross is long and hard. There may be a storm or two. As we walk the way of the cross this week, remember the hope we have in God and our trust in Him as Lord of all.
Almighty God, in whom we live and move and have our being, stay with us during this holiest of weeks. Enable us to cast our hopes and fears on You. In the name of Jesus Your Son through the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Rev. Marcia C. King (MDiv 2004, DMin Candidate)
St. George’s Episcopal Church, Nashville, TN (retired)
Fernandina Beach, FL
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