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Let’s Pregame Lent

March 1, 2022

Psalm 37 invites us to examine our true motives.

Kathy Khang says of this challenge, “Faithfulness can mistakenly look like a list of dos and don’ts, when actually a life of faithfulness happens by allowing our lives, daily actions, and motivations to be shaped by God’s character.”

As if that’s not enough, she goes right on:

“Trust. Commit. Be still. Do not get upset. Let go of anger and leave rage behind. None of this makes sense in a world that offers temporary success, temporary riches, temporary delight. But the psalmist knows these are the characteristics of the very God we claim to believe and follow.”

So let’s you and me pregame Lent.

On this eve of Ash Wednesday, as we get ready to start Lent together, if I could assign homework it would be Psalm 37, especially verses 1 through 11 and verses 39 and 40.

Better Yet! Take time with me right now to prayerfully review that Scripture, and let’s begin Lent together right here tomorrow.

From Psalm 37 —-
Don’t bother your head with braggarts
or wish you could succeed like the wicked.
In no time they’ll shrivel like grass clippings
and wilt like cut flowers in the sun.

Get insurance with God and do a good deed,
settle down and stick to your last.
Keep company with God,
get in on the best.

Open up before God, keep nothing back;
he’ll do whatever needs to be done:
He’ll validate your life in the clear light of day
and stamp you with approval at high noon.

Quiet down before God,
be prayerful before him.
Don’t bother with those who climb the ladder,
who elbow their way to the top.

Bridle your anger, trash your wrath,
cool your pipes—it only makes things worse.
Before long the crooks will be bankrupt;
God-investors will soon own the store.Before you know it, the wicked will have had it;
you’ll stare at his once famous place and—nothing!
Down-to-earth people will move in and take over,
relishing a huge bonanza.

Keep your eye on the healthy soul,
scrutinize the straight life;
There’s a future
in strenuous wholeness.
But the willful will soon be discarded;
insolent souls are on a dead-end street.

The spacious, free life is from God,
it’s also protected and safe.
God-strengthened, we’re delivered from evil—
when we run to him, he saves us.

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