Holy Week – Psalm 22

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Read Psalm 22
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
Why are you so far away when I groan for help?
Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer.
Every night I lift my voice, but I find no relief.
Yet you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.

O Lord, do not stay far away!
You are my strength; come quickly to my aid!

Praise the Lord, all you who fear him!
Honor him, all you descendants of Jacob!
Show him reverence, all you descendants of Israel!

For he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy.
He has not turned his back on them,
but has listened to their cries for help.
Psalm 22:1-3,19, 23-24

Much of what happened during Jesus’ crucifixion is foretold by David in Psalm 22. Listen as Jason takes us through this prophetic psalm.

The key, when we are greatly afflicted, is remembering where our help is, that only God can help us. I must remember that I’m done—I don’t have to work hard to figure out how to get right with God. Jesus did it for me. And that’s the Easter miracle.

Lent 6 – Psalm 143

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Read Psalm 143

I am losing all hope;
I am paralyzed with fear.
I remember the days of old.
I ponder all your great works
and think about what you have done.
I lift my hands to you in prayer.
I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain.

For the glory of your name, O Lord, preserve my life.
Because of your faithfulness, bring me out of this distress.
In your unfailing love, silence all my enemies
and destroy all my foes,
for I am your servant.
Psalm 143:3-6, 11-12 (NLT)

Psalm 143 is David dealing with oppression by many enemies, and praying that God would give him His perspective, His guidance. Perhaps you can recall a season where you felt attacked, stressed out. When we feel that way, God is looking for honesty from us, because from that attitude, God can bring change. And change leads to hope.

Listen as Jason encourages us to get out of our own way, and let God accomplish His will in our lives.

Lent 5 – Psalm 130

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Read Psalm 130
Lord, if you kept a record of our sins,
who, O Lord, could ever survive?
But you offer forgiveness,
that we might learn to fear you.
Psalm 130: 3-4 (NLT)

This short psalm is meant to encourage us to remember that engaging in God’s presence is a holy journey. There is a righteous way of thinking about coming before God, letting the Holy Spirit search us, that we might be purified. Because we have the Holy Spirit within us, we can always pray in the presence of God, and as we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive them.

Lent 4 – Psalm 51

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Read Psalm 51

Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Oh, give me back my joy again;
you have broken me—
now let me rejoice.
Don’t keep looking at my sins.
Remove the stain of my guilt.
Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a loyal spirit within me.
Do not banish me from your presence,
and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.
Psalm 51:7-11 (NLT)

Psalm 51, which David wrote after being confronted about his sin with Bathsheba, is one of the most famous psalms.
Read Psalm 51

Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Oh, give me back my joy again;
you have broken me—
now let me rejoice.
Don’t keep looking at my sins.
Remove the stain of my guilt.
Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a loyal spirit within me.
Do not banish me from your presence,
and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.
Psalm 51:7-11 (NLT)

Psalm 51, which David wrote after being confronted about his sin with Bathsheba, is one of the most famous psalms.
Our disobedience separates us from God, and takes away the joy that comes from being in the will of God. And even after we are forgiven, there are still consequences to our sin that continue to play out in our lives. So it’s an act of faith to believe that it’s done—that once I’ve confessed my sin and come to God with a humble and contrite heart, he truly does forgive me.

Lent 3 – Psalm 102

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Read Psalm 102

My life passes as swiftly as the evening shadows.
I am withering away like grass.
But you, O Lord, will sit on your throne forever.
Your fame will endure to every generation.
Psalm 102:11-12 (NLT)

Psalm 102 is a prayer of one overwhelmed with trouble, pouring out problems before the Lord.

We can always pour out our troubles to the Lord, asking for his fresh perspective, healing, or guidance. But we need to listen to his response, and not be deceived into thinking that we are alone. For if the evil one gets us alone, he has us in the perfect place to torment us. Thanks be to God, who builds the church so that Christians are not alone, but can be surrounded with people who can help bear the load of life. Be encouraged today as Jason reminds us that God will accomplish his will, no matter what our current circumstances are.

Lent 2 – Psalm 6

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Read Psalm 6

O Lord, don’t rebuke me in your anger
or discipline me in your rage.
Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak.
Heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
I am sick at heart.
How long, O Lord, until you restore me?

The Lord has heard my plea;
the Lord will answer my prayer.
Psalm 6:1-3, 9

In distress or illness we can call out to God for relief, even if we are just reaping what we sow. As we turn back to God, we can wait expectantly for his deliverance, because of his unfailing love for us. Listen as Jason digs into this Psalm of David.

Ash Wednesday – Psalm 32

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Read Psalm 32:1-7

Finally, I confessed all my sins to you
and stopped trying to hide my guilt.
I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.”
And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
Psalm 32:5 (NLT)

Lent is a season of penitent reflection, making sure our lives are aligned with God’s will. God’s forgiveness brings joy, but stubborn denial of sin on our part has physical and emotional consequences, along with the spiritual consequences. Listen as Jason works through Psalm 32 on this Ash Wednesday.

All Things New – Servant Attitude

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Read Philippians 2:5-11

Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross. (Philippians 2:7-8 NLT)

”What’s in it for me?” is not the attitude of Christ. Secure in His status as the Son of God, Christ willingly became a servant (and then our Savior). As Christ-followers, we are expected to be secure in our status as children of God and willingly serve others as we follow Jesus’ example.

All Things New – New Attitude

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Read Philippians 2:1-11

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. (Philippians 2:5 NLT)

Our natural drift pattern is away from God—his desires, his thoughts, his way of life. An attitude is an advance decision as to how we are going to desire, feel, think, or act in any situation; our attitudes are rooted in our true beliefs. Here are some examples of how you can trade in your own sinful attitudes for the attitude of Christ Jesus.

All Things New – New Identity

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Read 1 Peter 1:3-7

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance (1 Peter 1:3-4a, NLT)

The battle is won; Jesus has paid the price for our sin. Because we are born again by God’s mercy, we have a new identity in Christ. We now have a priceless inheritance, not only eternally in heaven, but even now, as our faith during trials brings honor and glory to God.