This is the beginning of Holy Week. We begin the preparations of Easter and Resurrection Sunday this week. We are taking time to reflect more on the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. I am excited to be able to witness this time of reflection and renewal with you. Psalm 46 expresses the heart of the week and this season of Lent and Easter.
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present[b] help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
This is one of my many favorite passages throughout the bible. I love reading and mediating on these words. The power that is contained in these lines is substantial and appropriate for all weeks, especially this Holy Week. The images that I have for this day are:
- Christ coming into the city before Passover (Luke 19:38-44) (verse 1&2)
- The crowds of people praising him. (Verse 8)
- Christ knowing that the Father has ordained the way. (Verse 10)