Lenten Meditations Part 2

  1. Psalm 121

The pilgrim, surrounded by hills on the journey, is seeking for help. Help comes, not from the hills but from God Himself. We may have passed through a valley of suffering, but now we can lift up our eyes to the Lord; and He will answer.

 

Choose one verse and meditate for about 5 or 10 minutes. Ask God to speak to you, and then listen and respond.

 

  1. Psalm 122

The psalmist arrives in Jerusalem; we who meditate arrive in the New Jerusalem! (The writer to Hebrews tells us that we already have arrived, spiritually, in the New Jerusalem! Hebrews 12:22-24) Consider some of the things we find there: fellowship, unity with others who worship God, the presence of God, peace with God.

 

Choose one verse and meditate for about 5 or 10 minutes. Ask God to speak to you, and then listen and respond.

 

  1. Psalm 123

The pilgrim lifts up his eyes to the Lord, longing for Him alone and depending only on Him. He is the one who provides our needs and who shows us compassion. The psalmist prays for mercy.

 

Choose one verse and meditate for about 5 or 10 minutes. Ask God to speak to you, and then listen and respond.

 

  1. Psalm 124

After the prayer for mercy, this psalm tells of the help and deliverance of the Lord. “If it had not been for the Lord who was on our side,” what would have become of us in our distress? We all can ask this question. Romans 8:31 says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Perhaps you feel like a bird who has escaped the cage, or imprisonment.

 

Choose one verse and meditate for about 5 or 10 minutes. Ask God to speak to you, and then listen and respond.

 

  1. Psalm 125

This is a psalm of trust in God. He is like the mountains surrounding Jerusalem (or Seattle, where we live); God surrounds us at all times, forever. God’s peace “overshadows” our troubles. How has God “overshadowed” your own troubles?

 

Choose one verse and meditate for about 5 or 10 minutes. Ask God to speak to you, and then listen and respond.

 

  1. Psalm 126

A psalm of restoration. Here is hope for new life, for the transformation of dried-up souls.

 

Meditate on verse 5. Ask God to speak to you, and then listen and respond.

 

  1. Psalm 127

All of our work is important and fruitful if we realize that God is actually working through us as we labor and toil. This psalm leads us to trust God, and to be happy doing work – any kind of work – that is blessing people in some way. Consider the themes of sleeping in the arms of God, resting in His love and care, and trusting God to give us what we need to do His will in the world.

 

Choose one verse and meditate for about 5 or 10 minutes. Ask God to speak to you, and then listen and respond.

 

  1. Psalm 128

The happiness of “fearing the Lord.” To fear the Lord is not to be afraid of God. This is a positive fear, and it means to walk in God’s ways. The fear of the Lord is to turn away from sin and evil, and turn our faces to the Lord, desiring to please Him. Another psalm tells us that God has special friendship with those who fear Him. It is the foundation of a happy life.

 

Choose one verse and meditate for about 5 or 10 minutes. Ask God to speak to you, and then listen and respond.

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