Saint Mark Daily Lenten Devotional – February 23, 2015
by Jerry Becker
Scripture: “Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands. May those who fear you rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in your word.” Psalm 119:73-74
The deeply religious author of this Psalm is acknowledging how God’s hands made him and is praying that God will give him the wisdom that he needs to learn and obey His commands. These words are particularly fitting as we enter into Lent-a time when we center ourselves to feel God’s presence and will in our lives.
The Psalmist recognizes that he is a child of God, but he is seeking wisdom so that he will fully understand what God wants him to do with his life. While the passage implies that he can go out on his own without hearing or understanding God’s commands, he seeks the righteousness that comes from putting his hope in God’s word.
As Christians, Lent is a time of preparation for receiving the righteousness that comes from God’s Word, Jesus Christ. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. . . The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. The glory of the One and Only who came from the Father full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1-2, 14) It is in the Word of Jesus Christ that we put our faith and hope.
Prayer: “Open my eyes that I may see glimpses of truth thou hast for me; place in my hands the wonderful key that shall unclasp and set me free. Silently now I wait for thee, ready, my God, thy will to see. Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine.” Amen