March 4th Lenten Devotional

Law and Harmony

Chris Marlin-Warfield

Psalm 19:7-10

Lent is a season of repentance and preparation. It is a season when we turn away from those things that draw us away from God and turn back towards God. During this season, it’s easy to imagine that our sins are like crimes and that our repentance is like agreeing to follow the rules that God has laid out. And today’s reading lends itself to that understanding.
Right before today’s reading, the Psalmist sings about the wonders of the world that God creates and sustains: “day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.” (Psalm 19:2). At the end of the psalm, he asks that the words of his mouth and the meditations of his heart might be acceptable in the sight of God, his rock and his redeemer. That suggests that following God’s law isn’t just a matter of following a list of rules; it is a matter of living in harmony with God’s created order.
God’s law is certainly perfect and true, more desirable than gold and sweeter than honey. But as we move through this season of repentance, let’s not be satisfied with simply following the rules. Let us pray that God might empower us to live in harmony with God’s world… that every word we speak and every thought we have might be acceptable to our creator and savior.
Take a moment to meditate on the world around you. If you can, go outside and look at the wonders of God’s creation, whatever that means to you. Pray the psalm and consider
how we might live in more perfect harmony with each other, with creation, and with  God. End your prayer and the Psalmist ends his: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
Rev. Christopher Marlin-Warfield is the pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ in DeWitt, Iowa, and author of Radical Charity: How Generosity Can Save the World (And the Church).

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