Lent Devotions: Day 5
Praising the Lord in Darkness
Read: Psalm 113
From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised. (v. 3)
In the morning, as the clouds split open with sunlight, I go running. I often find myself reciting Psalm 19, which says that the heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims his handiwork. I can’t help praising God when the sun breaks the horizon and sprays the sky with golden light.
Unlike my morning run, the season of Lent is not bright. It holds the promise of the most-glorious morning–Easter– but requires that we wait out the darkness first. Lent urges us to acknowledge our mortality, reminding us of both our beginning and end: “you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19). The season of Lent can feel like anything but a sunny morning. We spend these weeks considering our sin and reflecting on the death of Jesus Christ on Good Friday and the silence of Holy Saturday. In this time we find ourselves more often in the dark of night than in the light of the morning.
And yet, our God entered into our mortality, our suffering, and our darkness, which allows us to praise him even from the depths of darkness. The psalmist praises God from sunrise into the night because God entered the darkness and then triumphed over it. Knowing this, we can join the psalmist in praising God day and night. –Grace Claus
Prayer: God of light, we praise you for entering the darkness, for submitting yourself to death, and then for overcoming it so that we can be sure of the coming morning.