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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. 
To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’ Mt 4:4.

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Written by: Andries
Thursday, March 07, 2019 10:46:25 PM  RssIcon

According to Psalms 5, the Lord listens to the prayers of his people and grants them their petitions and addresses their needs according to his wise counsel.
Let’s note all the verses of this pilgrim’s poem and discover God’s favour that covers us during our pilgrimage called the Season of Lent.
 
Verses 1 – 3 Give ear to my words, O Lord; give heed to my sighing. Listen to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you I pray. O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch.
 
We need to know that the Lord listens to our prayers. How many people did you hear saying – my prayers do for not go further than the ceiling? This may be the origin of the tradition to pray that God “will have mercy upon us and listen to our prayers”. Although we know that the Lord hears all our prayers, for the sake of our human nature and weakness, we may beg the Lord not to ignore our sighs and our pleas, if it helps us to believe that he delights in our petitions and that our dependence on him brings glory to him as our supreme provider. To add prayer-time to my Lenten journey will increase my sense of God’s favour in my life.
 
Verses 4 – 6 For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil will not sojourn with you. The boastful will not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers. You destroy those who speak lies; the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful.
 
It would have been much harder to believe in God’s empathy with my predicament, if it is the result of me being an evil and boastful liar who causes the detrimental fall of others through deceitful conniving. This is sometimes the reason why it feels as if our prayers do not reach the Lord. Because we know our wickedness, we find it hard to believe that God would give attention to our prayers.
If this is where you are today, yet you are also sighing, sadly wishing for God’s interventions in your plight, your prayers should start with deep sorrow over sin, with repentance and with a plea for forgiveness and hope that in Christ you will be restored to God’s presence and fellowship.
Only then can we again come to him with our daily needs and plead for his help with our challenges.  We all need to add remorse and repentance to our lives during Lent.
 
Verses 7 – 8 But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house, I will bow down toward your holy temple in awe of you. Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me.
 
Add faithfulness in entering the house of the Lord (the congregation of believers) to worship God, to listen to the announcement of his grace and the proclamation of his forgiveness of our sins and learn from the wisdom of God’s Word during Lent - that we too may dwell with the Lord, may walk with him and follow his wisdom as we receive his salvation and experience him rescuing us again.
 
Verses 9 – 10 For there is no truth in their (God’s enemies) mouths; their hearts are destruction; their throats are open graves; they flatter with their tongues. Make them bear their guilt, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; because of their many transgressions cast them out, for they have rebelled against you.
 
As we add prayers during our Lenten journey that evil-ones will come to a fall and that the dominion of evil will be destroyed and the rebellion of God’s enemies will be judged, let’s be sure that we are not one of them, but that we are children of God who are safely in his hand.  

Verses 11- 12 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, so that those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover them with favour as with a shield. 

Add seeking the refuge of divine joy in your life during your Lenten journey.
May the blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be and remain with us every day as Lenten pilgrims on their journey, until we reach our destination where we receive the mighty impact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, through the powerful work of his Holy Spirit.
Lenten pilgrim - may God’s favour cover you as with a shield, indeed!!
    

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