The Daily Office | February 20, 2018
Psalms 102, 103
Collect: The First Sunday in Lent
Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations, and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Psalm appointed for this morning is Psalm 103, one of the most familiar and beloved of the Scripture hymns. It begins with an exhortation by the psalmist to himself to bless the Lord with all that is within him, and is a reminder for us to do the same!
This psalm exalts the faithful love of God, who loves each one of us with the love of a perfect Father. He forgives all our sins and is the source of our healing. He redeems our lives from destruction, crowning us with steadfast love and mercy, satisfying and renewing our strength each day as we stretch out our hands to him in faith.
When God blesses us, we experience his grace; however when we bless the Lord, we express our thanks and give glory to Him. Praising God is often neglected, especially in times of spiritual dryness, inner/outer conflict, and suffering; yet praise is essential to our spiritual life and growth, opening us up to a deeper experience of His healing, life giving presence in our lives.
As we awake to the morning light of a fresh new day, let us turn our first thoughts and praise to the One, worthy of all praise, and rest our hearts in the assurance of His radiant love and in the promises of His eternal Word.