A small introduction for this Holy week devotional. Each day I have given a psalm to read, it will be good to take time to meditate on the whole psalm. I have highlighted a specific verse/s. There will be no small thought, I have picked the psalms with a specific theme. From Palm Sunday to Wednesday, we look at psalms full of praise. A time to reflect on all the miracles and good news that Jesus’ ministry brought to people. From Thursday through to Saturday we will look more at Psalms, that are laments or those full of questions. As we take time to reflect on the cross and the death of Jesus. Lastly, we will finish with a beautiful psalm of praise and thanksgiving. Rejoicing in the resurrection of Jesus. Each day a prayer and a song will accompany each psalm. I pray this will be a blessing, to take time to rest in the presence of the Lord.
Palm Sunday (Psalm 100)
‘Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.’ (v1-2)
‘For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.’ (v5)
Prayer: Lord, thank you that you put joyful songs in our hearts. Thank you that our soul is full of praise for you our creator and our King. Thank you, that on Palm Sunday we are reminded of how humbly you came to serve and to save. How even in your humility, the hearts of people cried out praise to glorify and honour you. Help me to be present in your presence this week, as we journey through Holy week together. May you teach me new things and help me to know with all my heart how to love you and serve you, for all you have done to save me. In Jesus name, Amen.
Song: I will be undignified – Rend Collective
Monday (Psalm 147)
‘He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.’ (v3)
‘Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit’. (V5)
Prayer: Lord, thank you that you cause miracles to happen in our lives. Where we see no hope, your light and love can transform a situation in an instance. Thank you that your understanding surpasses ours. Where we are so limited, you can always make a way forward. May we keep believing in who you are and all that you came to do and accomplish. May we be people who do not always ask but know that we can sit at your feet in peace. Knowing that you will provide us with exactly what we need. May we love you more and more as we walk with you daily. Thank you for your grace and faithfulness. In Jesus name, Amen.
Song: Waymaker, Leeland
Tuesday (Psalm 139)
‘You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful to me, to lofty for me to attain.’ (v5-6)
‘When I awake, I am still with you’. (v18)
Prayer: Today pray the whole of Psalm 139 over your life. May we meditate on the words and realise how close God is to us. How loved we are and how known we are. May we pray over our hearts, minds and souls to rejoice in the faithfulness of God.
Song: Psalm 139 – Shane and Shane
Wednesday (Psalm 75)
‘We praise you, God, we praise you, for your name is near; people tell of your wonderful deeds.’ (v1)
Prayer: Lord thank you, that you work out everything by your perfect timing. Sorry, that we try to run ahead of it or demand for it to be done faster so that it meets with our agenda. May we learn daily, to surrender that control to you. Thank you for your mighty works, that are still taking place worldwide. That we are encouraged, and our faith renewed as we hear and see your faithfulness to your children. Thank you for you love and care for us all. May we be thankful and praise you for all your mighty works, for walking through all of it with us. May we not fear those who rise up against us, for you have taught us to love our neighbour. Where there is hate, the best action to spread is love. May we always remember that you are in control and when evil rises up against us, you have already conquered it. May we fall into step with you and battle it together. Thank you for making us conquerors because of all you have gone and done before us. You are gracious and kind, faithful and mighty through it all. Amen.
Song: Nothing else – Cody Carnes
Thursday (Psalm 59)
‘‘You are my strength, I watch for you; you, God, are my fortress, my
God on whom I can rely.’ (v9-10)
Prayer: Lord, as we focus on the Passover meal shared with the disciples and then the anguish in the garden of Gethsemane. May we reflect on the emotion poured out through it all. Lord, you were not afraid to show us fear and anguish through Jesus. May we reflect on how Jesus knew what was to come but knew what was to be accomplished was far greater than his fear. You remind us not to lose sight of what we are called to do. Sometimes when we feel that we are at our loneliest, may you remind us that your presence is with us. That you are not a God who is ashamed of our emotions and our doubts. You are God who will equip us with all that is needed to walk through the tough season, while walking in step with us. Lord, maybe we have been like the disciples. We have become so weary from our life that we forget to see those close to us who are suffering. May we lift them up in prayer and connect with them. May we not let evil win. May we walk closely with each other. Trusting firmly in you and all that you have accomplished. Lord, allow our minds to take time meditate on that fateful night, that led to all that was accomplished on the cross. Amen.
Song: Irrational Season- Audrey Assad
Friday (Psalm 22)
‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you far from
saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? (v1)
‘”He trusts in the Lord,” they say, “let the Lord rescue him. Let him
deliver him, since he delights in him.”’ (v8).
Prayer: Father, as we look at the cross, we remember our Saviour who died for us. The living perfect sacrifice who died for all of humanities sins. Surrounded by people who mocked him and scorned him. May you help us to reflect on all that was accomplished through the cross, what was used for death brought life to all. That which was so dark, brought light and salvation to us all. Father, may you help us to remember that all has been paid for on the cross, that sin and shame are no longer our identity. May we come and find our redemption at the cross, through repentance and surrender to you. Lord we were unworthy, but you put your worth back into us all. Lord, help us not to rush away from the cross. May we take time to reflect, to pray and remember that we all have been called by you. May me remember to pick up our cross daily and follow you. Amen.
Song: Scars – I am they
Saturday (Psalm 27)
I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land
of the living. Wait for the Lord; take heart and wait for the Lord. (v13-14)
Prayer: Father, Saturday is that uncertain day. The day full of all the questions. Full of wavering faith and doubt of what was to come. Saturday is the day where there is the struggle of knowing, what next. Father, as we reflect on Psalm 27 may we be encouraged. Even though the psalmist was anxious, and doubts were arising. He knew where his faith was placed and that was in you, for you are steadfast and true to every word. Lord, many of us may be full of questions especially when we look at the state of the world now. Just as Jesus spoke life over the disciples before his death. May we be encouraged. That all your words are true and every promise you make is, yes and amen. Uncertain times may shake our faith, but it will not destroy it. For we stand on the solid foundation of Jesus Christ. In this time of waiting, may we use it to praise you and to serve your people in love.
Song: Questions – Tori Kelly
Easter Sunday (Psalm 103)
‘Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.’ (v2-5)
‘he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth , so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.’ (v10-12)
Prayer: Thank you Lord, for you grace towards us and thank you for your love. We have so much to rejoice and be thankful for because it is through Jesus, we find life and life that is ever lasting. You are so gracious to us. As the psalmist declares, you do not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. We throw off everything that used to shackle us as we live in the freedom of redemption and salvation. Lord, may we live knowing the truth of the resurrection power living in us. That anything we face on earth is able to be conquered, for we do not fear the power of evil and darkness. May we surrender daily to you, knowing that the life you have given us cannot compare to anything the world has to offer. Thank you for time spent meditating on the Easter story, may it not simply be a story to us. May we see the fruit of it, poured out in our lives daily. You are gracious and good. You are our King forever more. Amen
Song: Resurrection Power- Chris Tomlin