JMPC Lenten Devotional: Messages of Hope

Getting behind while working at home. Many apologies to my followers. Catching up today.

Messages of Hope

JMPC Lenten Devotional

March 25, 2020

Many times, we, like the Psalmist, wonder if God is really involved in our lives. We wonder where God is when we are in our most troubled times. Our faith waivers. But while the Psalmist frequently asks God about God’s whereabouts in troubled times, the Psalmist always ends with a statement of trust and praise. There is one Psalm that is all about trust and praise. It is one that we can offer when we can’t seem to summon the words on our own. This one gives me peace.

Psalm 121

A Song of Ascents.
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—
   from where will my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
   who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved;
   he who keeps you will not slumber.
4 He who keeps Israel
   will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is your keeper;
   the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
   nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all evil;
   he will keep your life.
8 The Lord will keep
   your going out and your coming in
   from this time on and for evermore.

When trouble comes or when we are afraid, where do we turn? The Psalmist turns to the hills. The hills, or high places, are where the Psalmist’s help can be found. The Bible is full of hills and high places. Mt. Sinai is where Moses received the law. On top of a mountain Jesus was transfigured. These are the thin places where God is near and transforms our lives.

We certainly are in troubling times just now. How do we get to the hills where we can get some help from God? Well, the Psalmist just lifts his eyes. Maybe we can look out our windows, or stand in our yards, or remember a high place we visited once in our lives. There we will find the one who does not sleep. The one who guards us and our world. The one who protects us from the elements. The one who delivers us from evil. The one who keeps us sane. The one who is there all the time – from this time on and forever more. We surely can trust God, even on troubled times.

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