Lenten Devotional for March 29

O Lord, how many are my foes!
Many are rising against me;
many are saying to me,
“There is no help for you in God.”   Selah
But you, O Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.
I cry aloud to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy hill.   Selah
I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, for the Lord sustains me.
I am not afraid of ten thousands of people
who have set themselves against me all around.
Rise up, O Lord!
Deliver me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
you break the teeth of the wicked.
Deliverance belongs to the Lord;
may your blessing be on your people!   Selah

Questions

1. Often our complaints come from a place of fear. What do you fear today? Watch for ways that God is shielding you from that which you fear.

2. In spite of feeling forgotten by or angry at God, the lament psalmists reach out to God. Try expressing your alienation, grief, or anger to God. Listen for God’s response.

3. Pay attention to what the psalmists are asking of God. In times of discomfort, what is it that you truly want? Express this desire to God.

4. Sometimes the psalmists speak directly to God, and sometimes they
just talk about God. What helps you express grief and frustration?
Verbalizing your complaint? Writing in a journal? Talking to others?

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