Lenten Blog – 3/2/2018

In the little kid’s chapel this week I started talking about the fruit of the Spirit.  One of them that is elusive to me at times is patience.  (remember: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control) This Psalm speaks of the struggles we have with patience.

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. O Israel, put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins. (Psalm 130:5-8)

One of the harder jobs in Biblical days or even today must have been being a night watchman.  Maybe it would be guarding flocks or it could even be the city gates.  Quitting time would be sunrise, and expectation for that moment would be great.  Then one could get some much-needed sleep. The Psalmist knew that and he repeated that expectation twice in this Psalm.

How much greater is the excitement in seeing God face to face.  We do not fear judgment because in Jesus we do have full redemption and His love is unfailing. He himself in Jesus has redeemed us from all of our sins.  Listen to Jesus and put your hope in him and any waiting you have to go through can be filled with an expectation of all the good things God has planned. That is God’s prayer for you here in these verses.

In Christ’s Service,

Pastor Dave 

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