Saturday, March 22, 2008

Lent: Day 40 (Holy Saturday)

Scripture: Psalm 22

"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? . . . For he did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted; he did not hide his face from me, but heard me when I cried to him. To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down . . . and I shall live for him. Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the LORD, and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that he has done it."

Hymn: "Ah, Holy Jesus," UMH 289
Johann Heermann, 1630; trans. Robert S. Bridges, 1899

"Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay thee,
I do adore thee, and will ever pray thee,
Think on thy pity and thy love unswerving,
Not my deserving.


Crucified and buried Lord, grant me the faith to believe that the grave is not the end, that death has not won, that hope is not dead.

As you sleep the short slumber of this life's ending, wrestle death on my behalf. Conquer the tomb, and break the bonds of human sin and death.

Grant me a heart that waits trustingly for resurrection, Lord Jesus.


Anonymous said...

Hi Psalmist. thanks for the Lenten series...I've been up to my ears with work and studies.

HE overturned the tables, the expectations, the grave, and my heart.

God bless.
My 2 Cents/Paisley

Psalmist said...

Easter blessings to you, dear friend.

That line about overturning is a keeper. May I quote you sometime?

May all your hard work bear good fruit. Hope you get a break soon.

Anonymous said...

Sure you may quote me! Really, that is the whole phrase I have focused on this addition to the Psalmist readings...Kind of catches me now that I read it.

How ARE you doing?