March 27 (Lent, Day 26): Grass On the Rooftops

March 27 (Lent, Day 26): Grass On the Rooftops

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Chris Rowekamp

“May all who hate Zion be put to shame and turned backward! Let them be like the grass on the housetops, which withers before it grows up, with which the reaper does not fill his hand nor the binder of sheaves his arms, nor do those who pass by say, ‘The blessing of the Lord be upon you! We bless you in the name of the Lord!’”
—Psalm 129:5-8


These verses speak of the “wicked” (see verse 4) describing them as “grass on the housetops, which withers before it grows up.”

Now, grass on a rooftop has two characteristics:

First, it has no soil to speak of. No source of sustenance.

Second, it is unprotected. Completely exposed to the heat of the sun.

This should serve as a reminder to ask ourselves the question: what (or who) is our source?

The scriptures remind us that when we find our source in God and his Word, we will be like a tree planted by streams of water, which does not wither (see Psalm 1).

A far cry from grass on a rooftop, which is here today and gone tomorrow.

Here is a simple prayer to carry with you today:

Inhale: God,
Exhale: Be my source.

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