Lenten Devotional: Sunday, March 17

Psalm 24Psalm 29Psalm 8Psalm 84Jeremiah 1:1-10
1 Corinthians 3:11-23
Mark 3:31 – 4:9

How dear to me is your dwelling, O LORD of hosts! *
My soul has a desire and longing for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.

Behold our defender, O God; *
and look upon the face of your Anointed.

For one day in your courts is better than a thousand in my own room, *
And to stand at the threshold of the house of my God
than to dwell in the tents of the wicked.

For the LORD God is both sun and shield; *
he will give grace and glory;

No good thing will the LORD withhold *
from those who walk with integrity.

O LORD of hosts, *
happy are they who put their trust in you!
Psalm 84:1, 8-12

This psalm speaks of the happiness of being in the house of God, and that one day there is better than a thousand in our own room. How can this be appropriate for the season of Lent, where the mourning is to be the rule, and personal promises are to be made implying improvement? There is so much going on these days outside and inside our lives, all begging for improvement, for peace, and for better understanding among us. These are the things so needed to be brought to our prayers and notice.

Yet in this psalm we are reminded of the rejoicing that comes with being in God’s house – how happy when coming there and being there. Certainly we will carry out our Lenten intentions as we can, but at the same time we can look at this psalm and be reminded of the never-ending celebration available to us of the love of God.