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Journey to Jerusalem Day 16

Thursday, March 4 Psalm 16:9-11
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure.
10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
or let your holy one see corruption.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.


Lent tends to be a more solemn season of the church calendar. It is meant for self-reflection and fasting. This Psalm doesn’t feel like it fits that kind of narrative. It feels odd and out of place, so humor me until the end.


We should have a glad heart and rejoice during Lent. We have a God that came into human form and sacrificed himself for us, that seems like a reason to rejoice. God is a god that is teaching and rearing us, which is another reason to rejoice. The Holy Spirit helps us to reflect not just on scripture but on ourselves as well. Jesus becomes the ultimate mediator between us and God. And so on, and so forth.


As you can see there is so much to rejoice about all because of death on a cross. All this above happens because of the restored relationship of the cross. So, we need to rejoice, we need a fullness of joy, and have pleasure in our Lord.


So, take today not to be solemn but delight in the Lord your God. Rejoice and make a tremendous noise before the Lord.


See, I am not crazy. This Psalm deserves to be here, because of the cross.


Lord thank you. Show me how to rejoice. Show me how to be joyous. Help me to delight in you through this road of pain and suffering. I lift this up to you my Lord.
Amen.