Lenten Devotional: Holy Saturday

Psalm 95Psalm 88Psalm 27Job 19:21-27aHebrews 4:1-16Romans 8:1-11

Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.

For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.

The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;
for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.
Psalm 95:1-7

On this Easter eve, nothing could prepare us better for the joy that comes in the morning, than the beauty of these words. They never fail to make me happy. What a privilege we have to be blessed with this life and the gifts of the earth and sea. It is right that we should be thankful.

But … but …. but … what about …. ??? Yes, there is a lot going on in the world that seems to refute some of these words. Corruption, scandal, hatred, bigotry, denial, war, destruction of the earth and what is built upon it … the list goes on and on. As awful as all that is, and we are sometimes left broken-hearted by it all, feeling hopeless and angry, I am reminded of the wonderful words of a song made famous by Louis Armstrong: “I see trees of green, red roses too. I see them bloom for me and you …. And I say to myself, ‘What a wonderful world.’”

I think these words from Psalm 95 remind us to look to what is good and beautiful in the world and to be grateful for that majesty that allows us to share in it. It also serves as a reminder to each of us of our responsibility to honor what God has given us and work for the good of us all, especially as we anticipate the joy of Easter.