Saturday, Feb 20th
Full disclosure: I was excited and nervous at the same time when Deonna requested I write this Lenten Meditation. Excited because this will be John’s “first Lenten season” at St. John’s (and ours with him) and nervous because I have not written a Meditation in YEARS. Upon taking a deep dive into Psalm 32, it hit me really hard that during the last tumultuous year, most if not all of this scripture is spot on with what is occurring in our city, state, country, and world.
The opening verses are on point with regard to a person who is “Blessed whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered”. We certainly have not been devoid of sinners and their transgressions via both physical and moral negative actions and attitudes have we? The unfortunate divisiveness in many aspects of our personal, professional, and spiritual lives has taken a terrible toll on many if not all of us. Knowing that the Lord “forgives and imputes no iniquity” on those who ask for forgiveness is a true cornerstone of the Christian faith, and that IS very comforting these days. What really does hit hard (in a wonderful way) is v6 “let everyone who is godly offer prayer to thee at A TIME OF DISTRESS in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him.”
Given the events of the past year in our lives, it’s obvious that our “distress in great waters” have come in too many awful ways to count: fires, racial injustice and bigotry, Sars Covid-19, political schisms, civil disobedience, and political distrust. It would be easy to continue that laundry list, but you get the point. Taking complete comfort in knowing that our God will “preserve us from trouble and encompass us with deliverance” allows us all to navigate the “rush of great waters” and keep moving ahead with our day to day lives. Verse 10 drives the point home as we are comforted that while there is a great deal of wickedness in the world, those of us that trust in the Lord are indeed surrounded by love!
So during this wonderful and reflective season of Lent, take time to immerse yourself in the closing of Psalm 32 via the final Verse 11. “Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heat”. Like I said, I plan to and suggest we all “immerse ourselves in righteousness, shouting for joy, and remaining upright in heart”. Forgiveness seems to bring true joy, and when we ask God to forgive our sins will he give us real happiness and relief from guilt. Happy Lent, Amen, and thanks be to God.