“Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. For our hearts rejoice in Him, since we trust in His holy name. May Your loving devotion rest on us, O  LORD, as we put our hope in You.” Psalms 33:20-22 ESV

A Call To: Praise
As a teenager, my Aunt Mini challenged me to read from Genesis to Revelation each year. When she saw the hesitation in my eyes, she quietly said, “I read this book cover to cover four or five times a year.” In the years that followed, I began to read cover to cover and discovered Jesus at the center of the story.

In Adam and Eve, he covers our shame. In Abraham, he keeps his promise of a son; in Jacob we wrestle until we finally trust Him. In the book of Daniel, a fourth man appears in a fiery furnace that looks like a God. Isaiah prophesies of a lamb who is pierced for our rebellion and crushed for our sins. 

When we finally turn the page to the book of Matthew, we see Jesus. He is worth the wait! We cry out, “Our soul waits for the LORD: He is our help and our shield.” We bring our treasure and lay it at his feet, and we place our hope in Him. He is our long-awaited Messiah, and our hearts rejoice in Him.

Are you waiting for someone to change your life? Is your hope slowly turning to this person, or are you waiting for Jesus? During Lent, do I focus on what I am giving up, or what Jesus has given up? 

Praise + Prayer:
Jesus, I see you in the pages of Scripture, and today I see you in the pages of my life. Forgive me of any time when I turned away or grew impatient. May your loving devotion rest upon me.

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