St Mark’s Lenten Thoughts: Friday in the Fifth Week of Lent

Lent Week Five—Friday

Psalm 141 Jeremiah 29:1, 4-13 Romans 11:13-24 John 12:1-10.

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer.” In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Psalm 141 is written by king David while in the wilderness. Unlike many psalms that center on joyful songs dedicated to God, this particular psalm is a combination of a cry, and a need. Psalm 141:3, “Set a guard, O Lord before my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips.”

David begins by calling for God’s attention, “Listen to my voice when I call on you.” I admire quiet folks. But sometimes one wonders what they will say in case they choose to talk. I like people who know what they want. I also like people that talk. But what are “we” talking? David knew well that the mouth is a major tool to use for so many things (to curse, bless, pray, sing, magnify, name it). And since he was running away from his enemies, he knew how his mouth would affect him, had he not used it carefully, thus he prayed.

May God help us to know (like king David) what to pray for, also who and whose we are. “But my eyes are toward you, O God the Lord, in you do I trust and take refuge; pour not out my life nor leave it destitute and bare.” We need to stay close to God and to trust Him at all times and in all situations because His promises are real. “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. Then you will call upon me, and I will hear and heed you.”(Jeremiah 29:11 & 12).

Erinah E. Nsubuga.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s