The Lent experiment, part 32

Today: Psalm 32.

‘Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.’ (Ps. 32:1).

There’s power in confession. Incredible power.

David first describes what happened when he did not confess his sins:

‘When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.’ (v. 3-4). Walking around with a secret of sin can destroy you from within. Not only does it make you suffer spiritually (hindering your relationship with God), it can even harm you emotionally and physically.  Read More

The Lent experiment, part 31

Today: Psalm 31.

‘Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.’ (Ps. 31:5)

Another verse which sounds very familiar to us. Because this psalm too is messianic: it points forward to the Messiah who was to come in the person of Jesus. This is why, just before he died on the cross, Jesus cried out these very words: “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. (Lk. 23:46)

Because Jesus Messiah gave up his life, he revealed even more fully the love and care David had experienced from God: Read More

The Lent experiment, part 30

Today: Psalm 30

‘That my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever.’ (Ps. 30:12)

What is praising? The dictionary tells us it is: 1. the act of expressing commendation, admiration, etc: 2. the extolling of a deity or the rendering of homage and gratitude to a deity. So by praising God we express our admiration and gratitude to him. 

In most of his Psalms David praises God, for who he is and what he has done. Often in the midst of deep trouble David still chooses to praise God. In today’s Psalm David even starts (v. 1) and ends (v. 12) with praising God and in the rest of the song he gives 7 reasons why he wants to give praise: Read More

The Lent experiment, part 29

Today: Psalm 29.

‘The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.’ (Ps.29:11).

You can only give to others what you have (received) yourself. Have you ever tried to give something to others which you were lacking yourself? Energy, money, time? It leaves you empty, literally. 

God gives to his people only what he is in himself. V. 1 of this Psalm describes him as follows: ‘Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.’ This is who God is and this is what he gives to us (among many other things): his strength and his peace. Read More

The Lent experiment, part 28

Today: Psalm 28.

‘To you, Lord, I call; you are my Rock.’ (Ps. 28:1)

When you would be in deep trouble, who would you call first? Your mother, father, wife, husband, child, best friend?

David, the writer of todays Psalm seems to be in constant trouble. He’s either on the run for Saul, involved in a war with the Philistines or having trouble with his own kids. And he has experienced that there’s only one person who can always fall back on: God. That’s why he calls out to Him, day and night. Read More

The Lent experiment, part 27

Today: Psalm 27.

‘The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? (Ps. 27:1)

Is there someone or something you’re afraid of at the moment? For many of us the answer is yes. Some of us are afraid of the future and its uncertainty. Some of us fear getting sick, losing our job or that something will happen to our children. Some of us fear death. Sometimes we’re not even aware what we’re afraid of, or we don’t dare to admit it, to ourselves or others.  Read More

The Lent experiment, part 26

Today: Psalm 26.

‘Lord, I love the house where you live, the place where your glory dwells.’ (Ps. 26:8)

 Where does God live?

Did you know thousands of people send letters to God every year, asking for his assistance? All you need to write on the envelope is “To God, Jerusalem”; the postman is then obliged by international law to deliver it and the correspondence will be sent to an secific office in Jerusalem. They then fold up the letter and put it between the cracks of the Wailing Wall… Read More

The Lent experiment, part 25

Today: Psalm 25.

‘Show me your ways, Lordteach me your paths.’ (Ps. 25:4)

How does God guide us? How do we know God’s will for our lives? How do we know which direction to go, where to live, which job to pursue, which person to marry? Many of us struggle with getting answers from God about these important life questions. Few of us hear a ‘voice from heaven’, telling us which way to go…  Read More

The Lent experiment, part 24

Today: Psalm 24.

‘Who may ascend the mountain of the LordWho may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.’ (Ps. 24:3-4)

What a beautiful Psalm this is! However, when I read the verses above and compare it them my own life, I cannot help but think, ‘that’s not me! Read More

The Lent experiment, part 23

Today: Psalm 23.

‘The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.’ (Ps. 23:1)

What a statement. Because God is my ‘shepherd’, I lack nothing. There’s nothing more I want. There’s nothing more I need. Absolutely nothing.

Are you able to say this, in faith? Even though you might just have lost your job, even though your relationship might have just ended, even though you struggle to make ends meet, are you able to say, with David, ‘in Him I lack nothing’? Read More