Lenten Reflection for March 28

Scriptures for today

  • Psalm 23
  • 1 Samuel 15:22-31
  • Ephesians 5:1-9

brick wall by ImageMaven.comThe 23rd Psalm is a comforting, encouraging message about the goodness of God, and that he loves us and cares for us, and wants the best for us.  Which is probably why my Dad told me that if I memorized it, then I could wear a belt, like the big boys, instead of braces, as I had been wearing.

There is something else interesting that I never noticed until years afterwards (yes I memorized it, and I got to wear the belt) and that is that there are 6 verses, and in the first 3 and the last verse the message is addressed to  The Lord, as one who is being talked about, but in the 4th and  5th verses, the message is addressed directly to the Lord, as if talking directly to him.

In Ephesians 5:1-9 the message is laid out pretty clearly as a “do this and this, but do not do that”.  It is not very comforting – it is marching orders.

In 1 Samuel 15:22-31, we have Saul, who has apparently failed to follow the way, as he should, and he had sinned.  He repented but Samuel would not have any part of him, but then Saul repented again, and asked again to be allowed to return to the fold and to worship the Lord thy God, and, this time, Samuel accepted his repentance and allowed him to return. ♥

by Jim Smith

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