Lenten Devotion: Friday, March 6

Psalm 95Psalm 40Psalm 54Psalm 51Genesis 40:1-231 Corinthians 3:16-23 Mark 2:13-22

Be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me.
Psalm 31:2

Sometimes when I read the Bible, I simply do not know what to do with what I am reading. Today has been such a day. Genesis 40: 1-23, about the cupbearer and the baker. An interesting and somehow meaningful story, but I need something to settle my anxious heart and save me from the news events of the day. So, I turn to the Psalms of David, to Psalm 31:1-5:

In you , O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame;
deliver me in your righteousness.
Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue
Be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me.
Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
Keep me free from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge.
Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.

David was such a masterful psalm writer. Always just what I need. In this time of campaigns and elections, politics, viruses, extreme weather, there’s always something about to land on my head. So I return to the psalms of David and to my Rock, my faithful God. May we all do so, during Lent, and every day.