Lenten Devotion: Saturday, March 21

Psalm 87Psalm 90Psalm 136Genesis 47:27 – 48:7 1 Corinthians 10:1-13Mark 7:1-23

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands.
Psalm 90:17

The subject of Psalm 90 in my Bible is described as “God’s Eternity and Human Frailty.” In the conclusion to this Psalm, the author implores God to prosper the work of our hands, acknowledging that while we may think we are responsible for our good works, the Lord is the power enabling us to be productive for His glory.

Pondering the idea of God’s glory encourages me to be open to the possibilities for God’s service. Throughout both the Old and New Testaments, the prophets remind us to purify ourselves to be worthy of being God’s hands and feet in the world. We are to empty ourselves of earthly desires and turn our hearts to God for His direction, which it is His favor to give us. Following God’s direction, we then plead for the grace to do His will.

Jesus models this obedience in the Garden of Gethsemane, when he remains awake, praying for God’s direction. His hands and feet were to be nailed to a cross, where he could seemingly do nothing. Yet, God used His Son to grant us the greatest of all gifts, life with Him in Eternity. I pray to remember that our loving God will work all things into His design for us and for his creation.

Lord, Grant us grace to acknowledge our frailty, and to trust that when we turn to you, you will use us for your purpose. Amen.