Lenten Devotional: March 6
Rouse yourself! Why do you sleep, O Lord? Awake, do not cast us off forever! Why do you hide your face? Why do you forget our affliction and oppression? Psalm 44: 23-24
Destruction, oppression, despair, betrayal, grave misfortune, death.
All these horrors flow through these three psalms: 41, 44, 52. They moan of the utter abandonment of the Jewish people, for their sin, by their God.
Celia and I worshipped in Holy Trinity Cathedral, Quebec City, Canada last June. Holy Trinity is the first Anglican cathedral to be built outside the British Isles.
The guest minister, from Montreal, spoke with great wisdom of prayer, answered or unanswered. He spoke of the Centurion, who sent some Jewish elders to Jesus to plead for his slave’s life and how even Jesus was amazed at the Roman’s faith.
The priest spoke of “earnest” prayer and “amazed” prayer – of how we need to speak with God with all the earnestness we possess and to keep at it; we won’t wear out God.
Even if a beloved child or parent dies in spite of our heartfelt entreaties, we still must not presume to tell God how to act. He does work in mysterious ways; today’s heartbreak may be tomorrow’s joy.
Psalm 52:8 “But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God;
I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.