Week 1: Sunday

Read: Psalm 91v1-2; 9-16

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

Meditate: Notice what this Psalm does not say. It doesn’t say you won’t be in dangerous places. It doesn’t say you won’t be faced with wild and threatening animals. It doesn’t say you won’t find yourself in serious trouble. It says that God will be with you in trouble, and will rescue you.

It’s a good Psalm for Lent, because Lent is a journey that may take us to some difficult and awkward places as we search for God more intentionally than before. All these journeys are potentially hard and dangerous, as was Jesus’ forty-day fast in the wilderness, with the wild beasts around him and the demons whispering in his ear.

Pray: Jesus did not say you will not be tempted or tried. But he did say, “You will not be overcome.”’ We don’t know what we’re going to face, but only that God’s sheltering care is assured. Place yourself under his protection. There is no better place to be.

Act: Spend at least one hour doing something you enjoy.