25 My soul clings to the dust;
revive me according to your word.
26 When I told of my ways, you answered me;
teach me your statutes.
27 Make me understand the way of your precepts,
and I will meditate on your wondrous works.
28 My soul melts away for sorrow;
strengthen me according to your word. [English Standard Version]
One of the unwritten rules that I have given myself for my reflections on the 119th psalm is that I would not plan ahead. Each day’s response would rely only on what I have before me and, possibly, what I had written in past days. The first half of the 4th stanza caught me off guard.
What a perfect capture of the early stages of the Lenten journey.
- We begin with the recognition that we are dust (and to dust we will return).
- We examine our lives (and by doing so share our findings with God).
- We meditate on God’s word.
- We (re)discover the futility of trying to redeem our own lives.
- … Which brings us to looking to God for to bring us salvation.
All captured in 4 simple verses written long before Christ walked the earth.