Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday of Lent 3

Monday of Lent 3, March 20 Psalm 84:1-4  

Psalm 84:1-4 English Standard Version (ESV)

My Soul Longs for the Courts of the LORD

To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith.[a] A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.
84 How lovely is your dwelling place,
    O LORD of hosts!
2 My soul longs, yes, faints
    for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
    to the living God.
3 Even the sparrow finds a home,
    and the swallow a nest for herself,
    where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O LORD of hosts,
    my King and my God.
4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
    ever singing your praise! Selah

This is a prayer of someone separated from the sanctuary, longing to stand within the precincts in God’s presence. The unknown reason for the separation makes this psalm more universal, aptly prayed by shut-ins, prisoners, travelers, Sunday workers, and all who have been temporarily separated from congregational worship. 1

Lent is a time for us to reconnect with God. Lent is a great time to meet Jesus again. We can rediscover His timeless message in the Scriptures. We can re-live Jesus’ passion and death as we read the Scriptures. We can renew ourselves through Jesus’ constant presence in His Supper. In the midst of our crazy lives, busy schedules, and the constant noise of our everyday world, Lent is a perfect opportunity to slow down and reconnect - with God, with the poor, with the church, and with ourselves.  As you ponder this thought today, consider how you might restart that journey now. What would make sense to you today? 

Look upon the heart-felt desires of your humble servants, Almighty God, and stretch forth the right hand of your majesty to be our defense against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen 2

[1] Lutheran Study Bible © 2009 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
[2] Collect  for Monday of Lent 3,
Luther’s Seal © Ed Riojas, Higher Things

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