Devotion for Thursday, March 1

Brooke Eikenberry Lent 2012

Thursday, March 1

Psalm 22: 23-26


These are all Psalms of David, of course.  In Psalm 22 David prays to God in distress and tells of his praise of God.

In Psalm 23, our own “The Lord is My Shepherd” that I memorized as a child in Sunday School, deals in David’s confidence in God and ends in words we all know, “and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever”.

Psalm 25 shows David’s trust in prayer and tells of his prayer for remission of sins.

Psalm 26 asks God to judge him and examine him; resorts in God for his integrity.

In particular, Psalm 23 is my very favorite.  In W. Phillip Keller’s book entitled “A Child’s Look at the Twenty-third Psalm”, the author writes, “Long ago a man called David, who had been a shepherd, wrote a lovely poem about sheep.  It is called Psalm 23.  Thousands of people love this poem.  It tells the story of a sheep’s life in the care of a good shepherd.  It is a word picture of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The poem is written as though a sheep was speaking to its friends about the wonderful shepherd who owns it.”

Do not we all feel at times as David is telling us in these Psalms?  I am particularly moved by the Psalms, especially the 23rd.  It is as simple as the child’s view, and I thank God I can feel God’s love and care.  Amen.

-Submitted by Doris Forsythe

GPS Question:

Jesus adopted Isaiah’s messianic agenda of “bringing good news to the poor, proclaiming release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, of letting the oppressed go free” as his “vows [to] pay before those who fear him” (Ps 22:25). What vows will you pay before those who fear him?

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