“My heart overflows with a goodly theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.”
Psalm 45: 1 (NRSV)
An average Joe from Adair, Iowa goes to a gas station for pizza, buys thee lottery tickets, and wins a million dollars! He responds to emails, phone calls, radio announcers, and TV reporters. The incredible happened, and he can’t keep still. Before that life-changing sale, he simply lived from day to day. Now, he’s thrilled about a new future.
That’s the energy behind today’s scripture. The unbelievable occurs, and the tongue runs wild. The psalmist adores the king and can’t help but sing. She praises his stature, character, power, and wealth. A few verses later, she leaves her father’s house—with all its comfort and familiarity—and prepares for her king and a new way of life.
This time of year, many people celebrate Lent—a season of surrendering familiar, life-robbing habits in exchange for forgiveness and freedom in Christ. It’s an interlude for confession, contemplation, and renewal. A time for rekindled love, sacred rest, and rejuvenated life. A nurturing anticipation of Easter’s rich and glorious hope.
King of all, I surrender my heart to forgiveness, love, and wholeness. Amen
How am I making space to honor the daily miracle of forgiveness?
Written by Deborah Jansen