Daily Devotion Friday, August 30

Friday, August 30, 2013 – Psalm 43; 1 Kings 5:1-6:1, 6:7; Acts 28:1-16 and Mark 14:27-42

Mark 14:27-42 – 34And said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake.” 35And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36He said, “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.”

Today we find our Lord in the garden just prior to his arrest.

In one of our calls to confession I share;

“Remember that our Lord Jesus can sympathize with us in our weaknesses, since in every respect he was tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Let us then with boldness approach the throne of grace that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.”

With Jesus in the garden we see one of those instances. Our Lord was deeply grieved. He was anxious. He was troubled. What did he do? He openly shared with his Father what he hoped for; “remove this cup from me”. Yet he didn’t stop there, he went on to say; “yet, not what I want, but what you want.”

Our reading in the Psalms is a continuation or conclusion of the Psalm we read yesterday, Psalm 42. Some scholars believe they once formed one Psalm. Yesterday we heard the following twice, today we hear it once again;

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my help and my God.

For me it’s comforting to know that even our Lord’s soul was disquieted and yet he trusted in God. When our soul is disquieted may we turn to God, turn to Jesus, knowing that Jesus can sympathize with us and help us in our most troubling times.

I also had the following thought and prayer when I read Psalm 43.

Psalm 43 – O send out your light and your truth;
let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill
and to your dwelling.

O God, may Your light and Your truth guide me all the days of my life and lead me unto Your holy presence. Thanks for abiding with me even when I am troubled. No; thanks for abiding with me especially when I am troubled. I may not sense your presence, yet because of your word I know you are with me and you journey with me in the valleys of life and up unto the mountain tops as well. Thanks for abiding with me when my soul is cast down. Amen.

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