Lent – Day 25

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Today’s Thought: Just a Psalm.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)

This week, I’m sharing a few of the most basic—and, I believe, oftentimes taken for granted—elements of Christianity. Yesterday, it was prayer as conversation with God. Today, it’s the Psalms as prayer, worship, and Christian identity. Anglican priest N.T. Wright sums it up beautifully…

“Paul speaks at one point of Christians as God’s ‘poem,’ God’s ‘artwork.’ We are his ‘workmanship,’ say some of the translations of Ephesians 2:10. The Greek word Paul uses there is poiēma, the very word from which the English word ‘poem’ is derived. God gives us these poems, the Psalms, as a gift, in order that through our praying and singing of them he may give us as a gift to his world. We are called to be living, breathing, praying, singing poems.”

One of my favorites…

Psalm 62 – A Psalm of David

For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall never be shaken.

How long will you assail a person,
will you batter your victim, all of you,
as you would a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
Their only plan is to bring down a person of prominence.
They take pleasure in falsehood;
they bless with their mouths,
but inwardly they curse. Selah

For God alone my soul waits in silence,
for my hope is from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.

On God rests my deliverance and my honor;
my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.

Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah

Those of low estate are but a breath,
those of high estate are a delusion;
in the balances they go up;
they are together lighter than a breath.
Put no confidence in extortion,
and set no vain hopes on robbery;
if riches increase, do not set your heart on them.

Once God has spoken;
twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God,
and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord.
For you repay to all
according to their work.

Wednesday’s Wisdom: “To recognize that the Psalms call us to pray and sing at the intersections of the times—of our time and God’s time, of the then, and the now, and the not yet—is to understand how those emotions are to be held within the rhythm of a life lived in God’s presence.” ― N.T. Wright, The Case for the Psalms: Why They Are Essential

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