Lenten Meditations Part 3

  1. Psalm 129

This psalm reminds us that those who fully follow the Lord will be misunderstood and even persecuted. Christians worldwide are persecuted more today than at any other time since the early days of the Christian Church. Yet we can testify that the Lord is good and faithful. Consider the great blessing of the Lord to us, and also the blessing we can be to others, even to those who persecute us.

 

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

 

  1. Psalm 130

The mark of the pilgrim who is going to Jerusalem, and in our case to the New Jerusalem, is to fix our eyes on Jesus, not on the world. We wait for the Lord, and for His word to us. Our waiting is a positive longing for the Lord, because in Him alone is hope, steadfast love, and plentiful redemption.

 

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

 

  1. Psalm 131

Sometimes in our pilgrimage towards the presence of God, we need times of silence, of stillness, of quiet waiting for Him alone. We turn to God who is both Father and Mother, and are satisfied in Him alone.

 

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

 

  1. Psalm 132

The original pilgrims remembered that their forefathers had carried the ark of the covenant, which was the sign of His presence. They remembered God’s anointed servant who had valued God’s presence more than anything else. This is a psalm of one who puts first the will of God, above all else. We still pray this psalm today, asking God to clothe all His ministers, pastors, and others with salvation and with songs of joy. Remember: Through Jesus, we enter the dwelling place of God. We will be blessed with the gifts of eternal life.

 

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

 

  1. Psalm 133

Here is the beautiful goal and promise of our pilgrimage! God desires that all who follow Him and count themselves as children of God to be truly united. We as pilgrims are now nearing our goal: dwelling in the glorious presence of God! We can do so only in unity, because this is God’s will. This is where we discover His blessings. Unity is like the anointing oil poured over Aaron, the first priest; God will pour out the anointing of His Holy Spirit on those who walk in unity. Unity is like the dew of Mt. Hermon, the dew of blessing that causes us to grow into maturity. God will command His blessings on those who walk in unity.

 

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

 

  1. Psalm 134

The pilgrim arrives at her destination. When we arrive into the presence of the Lord, we are called to do two things: First, to bless God, and then to receive His blessing! We bless God by worshiping and obeying Him. The blessings that God gives to His worshipers include all the blessings of heaven itself! (Ephesians 1:3) As you continue to meditate on the Psalms, may God continue to bless you and enable you to bless the world.

 

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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