Lent Devotions: Day 26
Read: Psalm 116
Walking in the Light
I walk before the Lord in the land of the living (v. 9)
During the season of Lent, Sundays don’t count as part of the 40 days preceding Easter. Sundays are different. Each one is a mini-Easter, offering a respite from the solemnity of Lent. Sunday gives us a chance to celebrate the resurrection life of our risen Lord.
Psalm 116 invites us into this celebration. Composed after the psalmist has recovered from an illness, it praises the Lord for his graciousness, mercy, and protection. The psalmist recognizes that without the Lord, he would have been overcome by “the snares of death” (v. 3). He was in a place of despair, not unlike the distress that our sin-sick state causes us. Lent reminds us that we have been brought lower than low, and that without the deliverance of the Lord, we have no hope.
The Sundays in Lent also reinforce God’s goodness. He has “dealt bountifully” with us, delivering us not only from death, but also from tears and from stumbling. We no longer stagger around in the dark world of death, because Christ’s light shines in the darkness. Now we walk before the Lord in the land of the living. Having assumed a posture of humble repentance all week, we can now stand, lift up the cup of salvation, and praise the Lord with all his people.
Prayer: Gracious Lord, you have dealt bountifully with us, and we offer our thanksgiving to you.