Read Psalm 34

 

I will bless the LORD at all times;

             his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My soul makes its boast in the LORD;

             let the humble hear and be glad.

O magnify the LORD with me,

            and let us exalt his name together.

 

I sought the LORD, and he answered me,

            and delivered me from all my fears.

Look to him, and be radiant;

            so your faces shall never be ashamed.

This poor soul cried, and was heard by the LORD,

            and was saved from every trouble.

 

The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.

 

O taste and see that the LORD is good;

            happy are those who take refuge in him.

O fear the LORD, you his holy ones,

            for those who fear him have no want.

The young lions suffer want and hunger,

            but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.

 

Come, O children, listen to me;

            I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

Which of you desires life,

            and covets many days to enjoy good?

            Keep your tongue from evil,

                         and your lips from speaking deceit.

            Depart from evil, and do good;

                        seek peace, and pursue it.

 

The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,

            and his ears are open to their cry.

The face of the LORD is against evildoers,

            to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears,

             and rescues them from all their troubles.

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted,

             and saves the crushed in spirit.

 

Many are the afflictions of the righteous,

             but the LORD rescues them from them all.

He keeps all their bones;

            not one of them will be broken.

Evil brings death to the wicked,

            and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.

The LORD redeems the life of his servants;

            none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

(NRSV)

 

from Pastor Rodney Hubbs – First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), McMechen

 

            After reading the 34th Psalm many thoughts came to mind—fear being one of them.  Having faced many difficult times and decisions, I realize that my trials do not compare to the events that Jesus faced.  Here was a man that never sinned, and yet he was facing        execution.  I remember how Jesus prayed so hard that his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.  Have we ever prayed that  fervently?   

       I read that “whoever desires to do good and live a good life that the Lord will look with favor towards them.”  We all wish to do good, and probably do so.  However, this Psalm reminds us that when we face problems and trials of this world, we should pray to our Heavenly Father.   I have found—since becoming the Pastor of our church—that I am praying more and more each day.   My prayers, like everyone  else’s are not always answered the way that I ask, but are answered for my good in ways that I never  even imagined.   On our Lenten journey, let us pray more fervently each and every day.

 

 Almighty God,  hear our prayer as we travel through this Lenten

season.  Guide us in the path that you would have us travel. 

Help us remember our Lord and Savior as he made his way to Calvary

 to face death, and how He died for our sins. 

 Thank you Lord Jesus. 

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