March 31 (Lent, Day 30): Redeem Me
God’s plan is not just to forgive our sins, but to lead us to a life of true freedom.
March 30 (Lent, Day 29): More Than Watchmen for the Morning
Though the night is dark, the watchman is confident that the sun will rise just as it has countless other times. And it is that hope that gives him the energy to outlast the night.
March 29 (Lent, Day 28): Who Could Stand?
If God kept a record of sins, who could stand? The implied answer to this rhetorical question is clear: no one.
March 28 (Lent, Day 27): Out Of the Depths
Prayer is a pilgrimage: a journey from where we are to the place of God’s presence.
March 27 (Lent, Day 26): Grass On the Rooftops
These verses should serve as a reminder to ask ourselves the question: what (or who) is our source?
March 26 (Lent, Day 25): They Have Not Gained the Victory
God’s past faithfulness should give us confidence when we face trials on the pilgrim road.
March 25 (Lent, Day 24): Leaving a Legacy
Yesterday we looked at the first two verses of this psalm, which explained that the person who fears the Lord will be blessed. In these verses the psalmist explains just what that blessing will be.
March 24 (Lent, Day 23): The Fear of the Lord
A healthy, biblical fear of the Lord actually leads us closer to God. And when we are close to him we will be blessed.
March 23 (Lent, Day 22): A Meaningful Life
These verses are, of course, speaking of the blessing of having children, but they’re not just speaking of that. They are speaking of transcendence: living a life that is not in vain (see verses 1-2) and makes a difference even after our lifetime.
March 22 (Lent, Day 21): The Bread of Anxious Toil
Anxious toil (overwork) comes from a place of thinking that the results depend on us. God has called us to work from a place of trust. From a place of confidence in his love and care for us.
March 21 (Lent, Day 20): Unless the Lord Builds the House
It’s horrible to realize that you’ve been laboring in vain. To think that hours, days or even years of hard work have been completely useless. That’s how Psalm 127 describes the person who works apart from God.
March 20 (Lent, Day 19): Those Who Sow With Tears
Sometimes God’s deliverance comes suddenly, but other times the only thing moistening the dry ground is the tears we shed as we wait for God to bring rain. Either way, although we mourn we can have hope.
March 19 (Lent, Day 18): The Lord Has Done Great Things For Us
Psalm 126 is considered a song of lament, but strangely enough it begins on a very positive note.
March 18 (Lent, Day 17): Crooked Paths
Just following “what feels good in the moment” will not lead us to life. That’s what Psalm 125 describes as a “crooked way”: a path that changes direction so often that you expend a lot of energy but don’t get very far.
March 17 (Lent, Day 16): As the Mountains Surround Jerusalem
Whatever enemy we may be facing, we have the advantage because the Lord is protecting us. And it is a fearful thing to fight against the Lord.