Whatever suffering of his own that David was recounting, he was also prophetically describing the redemptive suffering of Christ on the cross thousands of years later. Jesus would have read this psalm many times in his life during worship at the temple. He no doubt had it memorized, for it to come so readily to his mind when he was on the cross. Knowing what he was going to face, Jesus could have spent his life in fear or dread. Instead, he, like David before him, clung on to what he knew was true: God is holy, God is his God, and God has been trustworthy throughout his life.
And then, based on these truths, David appeals to God to stay close to him. Jesus knew, though, that the greatest suffering he would face would be abandonment by God, so that God would never abandon his people. The messianic nature of the psalm becomes clear as David declares that past generations that have died as well as future generations not yet born will all come to know that his God is a God who delivers his people from suffering.
Gracious God, we glorify you that because Jesus knew what it meant to be utterly separated from you, we will never have to experience that.
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Strengthen our faith to truly believe this especially when we think we have reasons to doubt it. If you would like to support the work of Redeemer in NYC, please use the button below to make a gift. Make a gift. Sign Up Stay informed of upcoming events and news Submit. A Journey through Lent A daily devotional for the 40 days of Lent. Lent Day The Forsaken. We will harvest what we have sown. God gives to those who give to others. Does Jesus not reinforce this teaching when he speaks of feeding the hungry and offering drink to the thirsty?
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Whatever we do, we must do it with a pure heart, with no self-interest, with no hatred or revenge, no bad will or resentment. We must be self-disciplined and keep the good of the other person foremost in our minds.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Jesus asks that we place our personalities, our attitudes and our actions at the service of peace. He calls us to be instruments in His hands — instruments to eliminate division among people and to invest ourselves in the establishment of love and goodwill among all people. Jesus announces that it is in following his teachings that we become his children, that we will see and enter into his kingdom. But Jesus also announces that the way is not easy: joy, comfort and the entry into paradise to be with God come through suffering.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
To accept the mission that Jesus confides to us in the Beatitudes is to accept tears; to accept the struggle for justice for all people; to accept that we will be persecuted, insulted and accused falsely, just as Jesus accepted these sufferings when he was on earth.
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As he taught by both preaching and living the Beatitudes, suffering leads to glory, the glory of his resurrection and return to his Father. Jesus reminds everyone that, by following his teaching and accepting the suffering that comes from this choice, the kingdom of heaven will be open to us and, like Jesus, we will know the glory of our encounter with God. May we be near to those who suffer, those who strive to have a decent place in which to live that preserves dignity and installs hope in their lives.
Lord, help us, through the suffering of life and the privations of Lent, to enter deeply into ourselves and live fully the teachings of Jesus in the Beatitudes. Chantal Hudicourt Ewald is a former chair of Habitat for Humanity Haiti and a former member of the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity International. This is the foundation on which Habitat was built. In its simplest and best form, Habitat is a microcosm of the life and teachings of Jesus.
Through Habitat and like ministries, the Word becomes flesh and dwells among us as described in John That is what moved Clarence Jordan when he saw the hovels in which his sharecropping neighbors were living. It motivated him to devise a plan as bold as it was unorthodox — to build houses not for but with people.
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So he attracted a cross section of like-minded people, including Millard and Linda Fuller, to be a part of this movement. Soon they were joined by former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, and ultimately millions of others who were united around the goal of demonstrating the love of Jesus by helping those in need of adequate shelter.
The momentum could not be contained, and the work of Habitat spread around the world. Lord, we pause to thank You for entering into our world with a life-changing message. We are reminded that when we provide shelter for Your children, we are honoring You. We ask humbly that You receive our offering and multiply it as You did with the loaves and the fish , so that many may have the shelter they need and deserve.
Make us aware always that You are among us as we seek to render this service in Your name. Edgar Stoesz is a former member and chair of the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity International. Both performances tell a story of glorification against disappointment, distress and loss. Those are inevitable experiences of life for nearly all of us. The scene that the Gospel writer describes is what we have come to call Palm Sunday.
Likely, he had witnessed the triumphal entry of a conquering emperor or a general sitting high upon his horse. In contrast, Matthew mentions how the servant king, Jesus, entered Jerusalem riding a donkey. The conqueror comes in looking on people from on high. They have to raise their heads to see his face, while the servant king and the people in the crowd can see each other face-to-face, eye-to-eye.
At times, relief workers with the best intentions did not realize that they behaved as little emperors, sitting on a high horse. May Habitat for Humanity be blessed with workers who are by preference on an equal footing with those they work alongside to build a better future.
May we always be humble and faithful working in the way Jesus showed us. The Easter message with the promise of new life is an encouragement for us to support worldwide initiatives of new life for our sisters and brothers in need. Make us real servants of Your promised new world. Sybout van der Meer is the founder and was chairman of Habitat for Humanity Netherlands and is a former member of the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity International. Consider these ideas:.
What positive actions did you focus on for Lent? Send your ideas to GodAtCenter habitat. By becoming a Habitat Global Prayer Partner, you will receive a special monthly email with prayer requests for Habitat programs, people and principles. Your gift by Oct. Donate now. This page is about our work in the North America region. Lent devotions Preparing for Easter. Prayer Gracious God, how blessed is this holy season of Lent, when through the Passion of Jesus, Earth and heaven are joined, and we are reconciled to God. Questions Have you ever been on a pilgrimage, whether to a religious holy site or to a secular place, such as a hall of fame or the home of a famous writer?
How did you prepare for this journey to find the meaning you were looking for? What did you bring home from your journey? What do you hope for at the end of this Lenten journey? What makes your work at Habitat for Humanity meaningful? Prayer Lord, please remind us to look into the faces of the poor — that in so doing, we may promote dignity and hope and know that we are all made in Your image.
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Questions When have you felt the presence of God as you extended your hand to a person in need? In social situations, have you ever gravitated toward a well-off person while ignoring someone obviously poor in material goods? What will you commit to do differently?
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In your work with Habitat, how are you promoting dignity and hope and honoring people in need of adequate shelter? Prayer Jesus, thank You for the hope of heaven. What causes us to think so little about heaven?
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Questions It is sometimes easy to recognize physical needs like food, clothing or shelter, but how can we be more attuned to other kinds of neediness, such as people living in spiritual pain and poverty? How might we better recognize those who are disaffected, depressed and lost? How should we respond? How might that difference affect the way you observe Lent? Prayer Lord, help us, through the suffering of life and the privations of Lent, to enter deeply into ourselves and live fully the teachings of Jesus in the Beatitudes.
Questions Do we make it a habit to always treat others as we would like to be treated? When meeting people from different cultures, religions and races — or those in need — are we able to understand and accept their values and how they would like these needs to be met? Prayer Lord, we pause to thank You for entering into our world with a life-changing message.