Monday in Holy Week
2 Samuel 11 tells the story of King David’s sin with Bathsheba. David stole Bathsheba from her husband, committed adultery with her and then had her husband Uriah killed. Chapter 12, God sends His prophet Nathan to David with a message. Thus, says the Lord, the God of Israel: “I anointed you King over Israel, I rescued you from Saul, gave you your master’s house and the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added as much more. Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight?”
Psalm 51 is David’s prayer of repentance. “The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”
I have found during lent, that sitting quietly and contemplating this beautiful Psalm was a beneficial practice. A good way to contemplate those “unknown” sins and the things “left undone.” Have I judged unfairly, thought of myself as better than others, or forgiven as I have been forgiven? Have I respected the dignity of every human being? Have I put away all “anger, wrath, malice, slander, distrust and fear?” Have I rejoiced in all circumstances, done everything in love, and prayed without ceasing? Have I been thankful? Seems I’ve been convicted most often of not being more thankful and not spending enough time giving praise and honor to God.
Now that Lent is past and we are in Holy Week, let us give thanks to God for all His blessings. To be thankful for all of the benefits we have received simply by virtue of being born is this country. Thankful that, unlike Honduras, we didn’t suffer two major hurricanes in 10 days and lost everything we owned. Thankful for our health during a pandemic. But most of all, let us give thanks for the comfort and guidance of the Holy Spirit. And be thankful that God did not withhold His only son, but gave Him up to a horrible death so that our sins could be forgiven. Be thankful that we were chosen to know Him, and that His sacrifice has given us eternal life with Him. Prayers of repentance and thanksgiving are always welcomed by our loving Lord. Let us give thanks and honor to our almighty God.