Thursday, March 21, 2019

Thursday of Lent 2

Thursday of Lent 2 – March 21, 2019 –Psalm 105:8

He remembers his covenant forever, the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations

Psalm 105 and 106 stand together as they recall God’s promise to Abraham to bring Israel into the Promised Land and the might ways He kept that promise. Psalm 105 focuses on God’s grace. These words of this psalm appear at the joyous occasion of David bringing the ark to Jerusalem indicating it was used in worship on festival occasions celebrating the covenant God made with His people.[1]
The Psalmist reminds us to trust God. He has not forgotten His promise to you. We live in a skeptical world in which words and promises are broken far more often than they are kept. Can He be trusted? The psalmist responds with a resounding yes! He has kept His words and promises for a thousand generations. When friends and family might disappoint and   disillusion us the Savior will keep His word.
Today I trust that you will know the promise of God to you; that God will remove fear that He has forgotten His promise to you; that you will rest on the promises of God; and you will know the peace He has for you. This is the very reason why Christ entered time and space, to restore you back to the Father, to shower you with His mercy and grace. His promises are for you.  He has not forgotten you. His promises are always yes and amen!
Lord Jesus Christ, we humbly pray; O keep us steadfast till that day
When each will be Your welcomed guest In heaven’s high and holy feast.[2]

O Lord, strong and mighty, Lord of Hosts and King of glory: Cleanse our hearts from sin, keep our hand pure, and turn our minds from what is passing away; so that at the last we may stand in Your holy place and receive Your blessing; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen[3]

[1] Lutheran Study Bible © 2009 Concordia Publishing House, St,. Louis
[2] Lord Jesus Christ, We Humbly Pray stanza four Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
[3]Collect for Thursday of Lent 2,
Photo © Greg Gallmeyer 

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