LHM Lenten Devotion – April 6, 2014 “My Soul, My Precious Life”

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By Reverend Wayne Palmer

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“My Soul, My Precious Life”

April 6, 2014

Lenten devo cover 2014Read Psalm 35TEXT: Deliver my soul from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dog (Psalm 22:20).

Jesus pleads for His Father to deliver His soul and His life from the sword and the power of the dogs. The sword includes the cross itself, the instruments by which Jesus was tortured, and by which He is dying. The dogs, of course, are the enemies that have pursued and surrounded Him.

Jesus makes a strong assertion about His soul and His life-they are precious in His Fathers’ eyes. They are so precious in fact that Jesus will shortly commend them into His Father’s keeping.

Your soul and life are also important to God. Other people may stand off and value you little; you may even think of yourself as unimportant. But you are extremely precious to God, so precious He gave His only-begotten Son to save you. You are especially valuable to Him since Jesus’ blood has cleansed you of your sins.

Your soul and your life are precious in God’s eyes, but are they precious in yours? Jesus points out He only has one soul, one life. Likewise you and I have but one soul that will stand before God’s judgment throne, one life in which to cling to Jesus Christ as Savior. Do you feed and nourish your soul with God’s Word, and with Holy Communion? Do you gather with your brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ each week to strengthen one another? Do you value the eternal life Jesus Christ has won for you and given you through His Word and Baptism?

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, show me the great value Your sacrifice has given my soul and my life. Help me nourish this faith with my brothers and sisters in church, and to share Your salvation with all people. Amen.


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