Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving. And declare His works with rejoicing. (Psalm 107:21-22, NKJV)
Lent is a time of contemplation. Among other things, we’re to examine our hearts for sin; and after repentance, to walk on in our faith journey. It’s like a child who is learning to walk. That child is excited to walk, but even after his best efforts, can fall. The loving parent scoops the child to his feet for more progress learning to walk.
Our “walk” with the Lord can be easily compared to that child’s.
We’re excited to be the Lord’s, want to walk successfully in our faith, but we do fall. Our merciful God has made the way for us to walk on – in the healing of forgiveness. Then…
(vs. 21) “… give thanks to the Lord for His goodness.”
Not being a child, we must recognize the great work God does in our lives, and be thankful. How will others know? (vs. 22) “… declare His works with rejoicing.”
Loving Parent God, we thank You for Your merciful patience as we make our faith journey with You. Thank You so much for Your ready forgiveness when we fail. We Praise Your Holy Name, and humbly take Your hand to carry on, knowing Your holy presence is with us. Help us to speak up around others, telling them joyfully of Your goodness. AMEN.
Pastor Karla Shafer, Bethel United Methodist Church