Ash Wednesday (2/17/21) – Pity – Psalm 51
Throughout Lent, we will examine the psalms for each Sunday. We’ll use these for devotions, prayers, songs. David’s Penitential Psalm arises out of his great sin with Bathsheba. He is convicted by Nathan’s confrontation. David makes no excuse. He confesses his guilt. He pleads that God would not withdraw from him, but forgive and renew him. True mercy is not to be cast out, but that God would look on us with favor. Christ bore the full penalty of our sin so we would be saved.
February 21, 2021 – Path – Psalm 25:1-10
Having been forgiven for the sins of our youth, we pray that God would guide us on His path for life. In the Gospel, Jesus overcomes temptation for us. We now ask for wisdom and fortitude to walk in His ways. V.4 God must teach us and lead us V.10 describes the path: full of steadfast love and faithfulness.
February 28, 2021 – Proclaim – Psalm 22:22-31
In the Gospel, Peter confesses Jesus to be the Christ. The Psalm begins, “I will tell of your name to my brothers…” (22) This psalm is better known as a Holy Week psalm – Jesus prays this on the cross: “Why have you forsaken me?” The latter half describes our response to His great sacrifice. We shall “proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn.” (31)
March 7, 2021 – Precepts – Psalm 19
In the Gospel, Jesus cleanses the temple out of zeal for the Word. David describes the Lord’s precepts in vv.7-9 as “perfect, sure, right, pure, clean and true.” We are called to desire them more than gold. 12-14 focus on our inner life. Obedience is not just outward, but flows from the heart.