Daily Lenten Devotion Friday, March 22nd

Friday, March 22, 2013 – Psalm 105; Jeremiah 29:1 (2-3) 4-14; Romans 11:13-24;

Gospel readings: John 11:1-27 or Alternate Gospel John 12:1–10

As we prepare to make the turn from Lent into Holy Week, here are some things we can do;

Psalm 105 – 1   O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name,
make known his deeds among the peoples.
2   Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wonderful works.
3   Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
4   Seek the LORD and his strength;
seek his presence continually.
5   Remember the wonderful works he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he has uttered,

When this Psalm was composed, the author was thinking back to all God had done through Joseph and Moses In it the Psalmist calls the people to remember the Exodus from Egypt and how God had brought them to the land of promise.

For us, this Psalm can encourage to us remember all God did through the sending of his Son and recall how Jesus gave his life, that we might have life.

Today, we have an optional reading from the Gospel of John. It’s given because it helps us make the shift from Jesus’ ministry to his last week. In the first we hear of Lazarus dying, so that God may be glorified in his being given life again. In the second we hear how Jesus was anointed with precious oil. Either is good to read and hear this day.

Since I am focusing mostly on the first few verses of Psalm 105, hear now this reading from Psalms, this time from The Message, a paraphrase of God’s Word.

Thank God! Pray to him by name!
Tell everyone you meet what he has done!
Sing him songs, belt out hymns,
translate his wonders into music!
Honor his holy name with Hallelujahs,
you who seek God. Live a happy life!
Keep your eyes open for God, watch for his works;
be alert for signs of his presence.
Remember the world of wonders he has made,
his miracles, and the verdicts he’s rendered –

My friends, use this day to help prepare yourself to remember and recall all that took place the last week of Jesus’ fully human earthly life. Prepare yourself to make the turn to focusing upon Jesus’ death and resurrection.

O God, this day may I give thanks for all you have done. May I seek your presence not only this day but throughout my life. May I tell others of your great love and great deeds done not only for me but for all people. O Lord, may I be a blessing unto you, for you have truly blessed me through all your Son said and did. Amen.

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