Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Tuesday of Lent 2

Tuesday of Lent 2 – March 19, 2019 –Psalm 22:22

I will tell of your name to my brothers;  in the midst of the congregation I will praise you
In this psalm, David vows to praise the Lord when the Lord’s sure deliverance comes. The vows proper appear in verses 22 and 25. Verses 23-24 anticipate the calls to praise that will accompany the psalmist’s praise. Verses 26-31 describe the expanding company of those who will take up the praise – a worldwide company of persons form every station in life and continuing through the generations. No psalm or prophecy contains a grander vision of this scope of the throng of worshipers who will join in the praise of God’s saving acts.

David recognizing that God has, in fact, not forsaken him. The psalmist even says that God “has not hidden his face from him” and that God has heard his cries for help.

Jesus knows our struggles and He knows our heart. This psalm reminds us that we can go to Him as we are and that when we open ourselves up to Him he will once again sustain us along our journey. You are not alone. The Savior walks with you. It’s easy to praise the Lord when life is easy. In troubled times and in periods of crisis, deep sorrow and even lament the Lord invites us to praise Him – throughout all of life’s transitions and circumstances.    

O God, You willed to redeem us from all iniquity by Your Son: Deliver us when we are tempted to regard sin without abhorrence, and let the virtue of his passion come between us and our mortal enemy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives, and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen[1]
On the church calendar today - Joseph Guardian of Jesus -
Almighty God, from the house of Your servant David You raised up Joseph to be the guardian of Your incarnate Son and the husband of His mother, Mary. Grant us grace to follow the example of this faithful workman in heeding Your counsel and obeying Your commands;[2]

[1]Collect for Tuesday of Lent 2,  http://www.liturgies.net/Lent/LentenCollects.htm
[2] Collect for Joseph, Guardian of Jesus © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis

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