It seems strange somehow to be meditating on the sorrow of the cross during these weeks when the earth is budding with new life. But our walk with Jesus is a walk toward darkness. He was a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.
Sunday’s coming, but there is a high price to pay to get there. Focusing on the price now makes the prize that much more meaningful.
At first, I thought, did we get it wrong, this church calendar thing? Shouldn’t the rhythm of God’s created line up with His creation?
But then I realized how perfect it is to be walking this road to Calvary while the earth is exploding with new life. What would winter be without the hope of spring? The days of mourning without the hope of gladness? The cross without the resurrection? Death without the hope of eternal life?
As we meditate on the sorrow of the cross and walk with Jesus into the darkness, God’s creation reminds us of the light and grace that is to come. It gives us hope to bear the sorrow.
A Song of Ascents. In my distress I called to the LORD, and He answered me. Deliver me, O LORD, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue. What shall be given to you, and what more shall be done to you, you deceitful tongue? A warrior’s sharp arrows, with glowing coals of the broom tree! Woe to me, that I sojourn in Meshech, that I dwell among the tents of Kedar! Too long have I had my dwelling among those who hate peace. I am for peace, but when I speak, they are for war! (Psa 120:1-7)
In Psalm 120, the first psalm of ascent, we find David crying out to the Lord for deliverance from those who hate peace. From those who lie to cause him harm, and spread deceit for their own gain.
We remember that our Savior also endured the pain of deceitful lips. Those whom He came to save caused Him the most harm.
In the psalm, David is speaking of real men who sought to destroy him. Maybe you have deceitful people in your life, too. Or maybe you are your own worst enemy. Sometimes, when we begin an emptying of ourselves to make room for God, the enemy steps up his game. He whispers half-truths and lies to make us critical of ourselves, and take our focus off our Savior.
When this happens, we need to take a lesson from David, and cry out to the Lord for deliverance! Yes, it really is that simple. God will hear our prayers and act. Just as He did for David, just as He has always done.
Remember, we don’t walk this road alone.
There’s not a place where you’ll go, where He’s not already stood.
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