Psalm 119: ד Daleth(a)

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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.

What do you think?