Daily Lenten Devotion Friday, March 7

Friday, March 07, 2014 – Psalm 22; Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32; Philippians 4:1-9 and John 17:9-19

I’ve been asked a couple times this year; “why are we asked to give up something for Lent?” A member of my church shared that she’d been taught that the reason we give up something for Lent is to help us remember all that our Lord gave up for us.” I found that to be really helpful. Then as I was cleaning up from dumping the center drawer of my office desk I found a Lenten token in the form of a nail. On it was this saying; “Lent, a time to ponder your nail, your sin, your cross, your savior.” Then on the back it had; “Christ has wiped out the damning evidence which hung over our heads by nailing it over his own”. I also found that helpful.

For today’s daily devotion, I’m going to pull several verses from Psalm 22, which remind me of what Jesus endured during his arrest, his trial, his crucifixion. Hear these words from God’s holy word.

Psalm 22 – 1   My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
2   O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
and by night, but find no rest. ….

7   All who see me mock at me;
they make mouths at me, they shake their heads; ….

12  Many bulls encircle me,
strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
13  they open wide their mouths at me,
like a ravening and roaring lion.

14  I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
it is melted within my breast;
15  my mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
you lay me in the dust of death.

16  For dogs are all around me;
a company of evildoers encircles me.
My hands and feet have shriveled;
17  I can count all my bones.
They stare and gloat over me;
18  they divide my clothes among themselves,
and for my clothing they cast lots. …

This Psalm helps us remember all Jesus endured for us. He gave his all for us. May we seek to give our all unto him.

A spiritual practice you might want to begin during Lent, is memorizing a portion of God’s word each day. Here is one from today’s reading from Philippians that I find helpful to have written upon my mind and heart.

Philippians 4:1-9 – 4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

O Christ, I thank you for all you endured so that my sins could be forgiven and be given new life. He paid the price for all my sins. He suffered on my behalf. May I never forget the great price he paid and may I seek to dedicate my life to honoring the gift given me and offered to all. This is my prayer in Your holy name. Amen.

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