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Sunday, Lent 3

Psalm 63:1-8

So, I have to confess to anyone who might be reading these posts.  (There haven’t been a lot of comments, retweets, etc.  Certainly not the conversation around the Word I’d hoped to inspire.  Then again, I didn’t really think we’d “go viral.”  If I was cat singing these posts, then, maybe.  And that’s the world we live in.)  My confession is, I gave in yesterday and started to schedule the posts so that they would be there in the morning.  I was frustrated with myself that I didn’t have them up early enough in the day.  I figured there had to be a way to do that and, it turns out, there is.  That’s the thing with doing something every day, it has to be done every day, whether you’re tired, or have something come up, or don’t feel like it, or aren’t particularly inspired.

“That’s life,” my dad would say.  It is what it is.  And that’s Lent, too.  By now, if you’re following any sort of a Lenten discipline, it’s might be kind of weighing on you, getting tougher.  Hopefully, this Psalm helps.

We know the Psalms were Israel’s prayerbook and songbook.  We know Jesus quotes some  Psalms in He verbal sparring match with Satan in the wilderness.  It’s not hard to see Him using other Psalms, like this one today, even if the Gospel writers don’t tell us explicitly so.  This Psalm has us looking to the temple in Jerusalem where God’s power and divine glory dwelt, at least in ancient days, not since it was rebuilt in the days after the Exile.

But it’s in John’s Gospel especially where the glory of the Lord re-inhabits the temple, in flesh and blood of Jesus.  John 8, Jesus goes to the temple and says, “I am the Light of the World!”  And come to find out it’s during the festival of the dedication (aka Hanukkah, the festival of lights) that Jesus says this.  I’m very unsure of some Christians who so desperately want the Jews to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.  It’s a misreading of the entire NT to want this.  Jesus is the temple.  The Psalms anticipated not just the temple, but but the coming of God’s glory in the flesh.  Where Jesus is, is where we can come into His presence, behold His glory, be satisfied on the rich food served there, the Lord’s Supper, and find sustenance for this weary world.  Fed by Him, we are built up into the Body of Christ and go out into the world to be part of God’s work of redeeming it.  A way station on the pilgrim path.

God is doing this.

 

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