LHM Lenten Devotion – March 23, 2014 “Childhood Memories”


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By Reverend Wayne Palmer

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“Childhood Memories”

March 23, 2014

Lenten devo cover 2014Read Psalm 139.  TEXT: Yet You are He who took me from the womb; You made me trust You at my mother’s breasts. On You was I cast from my birth, and from my mother’s womb You have been my God (Psalm 22:9-10).

Jesus has shared His pain and sufferings a second time. Now it’s time to listen to God’s answer to that prayer, and gain firm confidence in His Father’s faithfulness and love.

Earlier in the Psalm Jesus took comfort by recalling His Fathers’ faithful deliverance when the Israelites cried out in sore distress. “In You our fathers trusted; they trusted, and You delivered them. To You they cried and were rescued; in You they trusted and were not put to shame” (Psalm 22:4-5). Now Jesus looks back on His own life, and recalls the tender care His Father provided from the beginning.

“You are He who took me from the womb.” Miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit, the Father granted Jesus a safe birth that first Christmas, provided a warm, dry manger, fed Him and met all His needs. When King Herod sought to destroy Him, the Father sent an angel to warn Joseph in a dream to take the Christ Child and Mary and flee to Egypt (see Matthew 2:13). From His earliest human days Jesus’ Father had proven reliable and trustworthy. Surely, in this time God the Father will remember and deliver Him as well.

Like Jesus we can look back on God’s faithful care throughout our lives, and be confident He will always provide our needs and protect us, especially since Jesus has paid the full price for our sins in His suffering and death on the cross.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, thank You for remembering Your Father’s faithful protection and care. Remind me to look back at His faithfulness in my life that I may always live in faith, confidence and peace. Amen.

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