Lenten Devotional: Friday, March 29

Psalm 95Psalm 88Psalm 91Psalm 92Jeremiah 11:1-8, 14-20Romans 6:1-11John 8:33-47

. . . under His wings you will find refuge. . . Psalm 91:4

I think that today’s readings provide a most-welcome variety of choices for every need of the heart, any state that one might find himself in:

Psalm 88 speaks of the outmost desperation: “O Lord, why do you cast me off?”

Psalm 91 is about the outmost trust in God as Protector: “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.”

Psalm 92 is about thanksgiving to God for his governance of the world: “How great are your works, O Lord!”

Psalm 94 is about asking God to bring offenders to justice: “Rise up, O judge of the earth”

The passage from Jeremiah (11:1-8, 14-20) is about the continued disobedience of Israel

And the Letter of Paul to the Romans 6:1-11 glorifies the power of baptism: “So you also much consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus”

From the selection of readings listed above, it was Psalm 91 that flowed into my heart and is there to stay. On this chilly morning it embraces, warms, elevates the spirit, ignites joy, and melts away the wintery frost. The psalm is filled with promise and warmth of God’s love and care. If you depend on Him as “My refuge and my fortress; my God in whom I trust” then “under His wings you will find refuge” from any sorrow or misfortune. Perhaps in a few weeks from now, on March 29, it will be a warm, sunny day, perhaps it will not. But regardless of the weather, I hope that you, the reader, will look and will see around you the many of God’s gifts and your heart will overflow with gratitude.