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Day 42: I Love the LORD

March 30, 2024 • Lauren Honea, Scott Graham, Gerrit Dawson • Psalm 103:1–5, Psalm 116:1–9

Can you visualize Jesus standing with arms outstretched and head turned upwards? Can you hear him say in front of his disciples, “I love my Father because he has heard my voice.” The Son prays; the Father responds. Love passes between them. Their love sources the whole universe. Father and Son ever reach and reply to one another. We live in the magnetic field of their eternal attraction. In the midst of our hurting, broken world, the incarnate Son lifts his heart to say, “I love the LORD!” 

Day 41: The Joy of His Return

March 29, 2024 • Lauren Honea, Scott Graham, Gerrit Dawson • Psalm 103:1–5, Psalm 96:1–6, Psalm 96:10–13

Throughout his life, this psalm would have uplifted Jesus in praise to his Father. In time, he would understand how it pointed toward his return in glory. He would have drawn hope from this future even on this day. For in Psalm 96, Jesus knows that the way things are right now is not the way things will always be.

Day 40: Our Great High Priest

March 28, 2024 • Psalm 103:1–5, Psalm 110:1–4

Through his years of reading the Psalms in his prayers to the LORD whom he knew intimately as Father, Jesus realizes how Psalm 110 had been written for him! This prophetic song of David gives Jesus insight into his unique identity as a man born of Mary and the Son of God conceived by the Holy Spirit. He follows the Scriptural logic to know that only one person could be both the son and the Lord of David. Only one man could rule over Israel from the heavenly position of the Father’s right hand—Jesus himself.

Day 39: O Kings, Be Wise! King of Kings

March 27, 2024 • Lauren Honea, Scott Graham, Gerrit Dawson • Psalm 103:1–5, Psalm 2

We declare in the Apostles’ Creed that Jesus even now sits at the Father’s right hand and will come to judge the living and the dead. This is fair warning to us and to the rebellious world to be wise. There is no future apart from this King.

Day 38: Lift Up Your Heads!

March 26, 2024 • Lauren Honea, Scott Graham, Gerrit Dawson • Psalm 103:1–5, Psalm 24

What a thrill it would have been for Jesus to pray this psalm in the days before he ascended. What anticipation of reunion! In the same prayers, he well might have rejoiced with Psalm 47:5-6: “God has gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet. Sing praises to God, sing praises!”

Day 37: Blessed to Be a Blessing

March 25, 2024 • Lauren Honea, Scott Graham, Gerrit Dawson • Psalm 103:1–5, Psalm 67

We can imagine Jesus before his departure praying Psalm 67 and preparing this blessing. Or perhaps he even used this psalm in the blessing. We see that his shining presence and his radiant mission go together. Jesus prays for them, for us, a blessing with a purpose. May God be gracious to us so that his “way may be known on earth” and his “saving power among all nations.” A crucial reason for Christ’s people to experience his favor tangibly and richly is so that we can bear personal, experiential witness to the reality of Jesus. 

Day 36: The King's Desire

March 24, 2024 • Lauren Honea, Scott Graham, Gerrit Dawson • Psalm 103:1–5, Psalm 2:7, Psalm 21:1–7

Jesus’ great passion is that he can bring together his Father and his disciples. He yearns for all those who belong to him to be taken into the love he has shared with his Father from all eternity. He came precisely to gather us. The glory of his triumph is the sharing of intimate fellowship. His resurrection has established the grounds of union with us. In the future, that communion will be fully realized in his Kingdom. No wonder Scripture speaks about what’s coming as a wedding: “Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb” (Revelation 19:9). The King’s desire is for his bride to be with him at last!

Day 35: You Will Not Abandon Me

March 23, 2024 • Lauren Honea, Scott Graham, Gerrit Dawson • Psalm 103:1–5, Psalm 16

The Father did not leave Jesus’ soul in Sheol while his body rotted in the cave. He raised him. With this in mind, we can imagine Jesus praying Psalm 16 as he looks back with his Father on what has happened over the three years of his ministry on earth:  "The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup." "The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places. Indeed, I have a beautiful heritage." "O Father, in the trackless wasteland you made known to me the path of life. Sweeter now even than it had been in all eternity is our fellowship. In your presence, there is fullness of joy."

Day 34: Praising in the Great Congregation

March 22, 2024 • Lauren Honea, Scott Graham, Gerrit Dawson • Psalm 22:20–31, Psalm 103:1–5

The sudden change described in Psalm 22:21 occurs for Jesus between Good Friday and Easter. Jesus dies in this world. His voice sounds no more. Then it does. Jesus departs into the silence of death on Friday and then blinks awake in new life on Easter. How soon, alive in that cave, does he finish the psalm he started on the cross? Perhaps he wonders, “What do I do now?” Then he prays in his joy, “I will tell of your name to my brothers!” Jesus prays Psalm 22 even now, "in the midst of the congregation, I will praise you."

Day 33: I Shall Not Die, but Live!

March 21, 2024 • Lauren Honea, Scott Graham, Gerrit Dawson • Psalm 103:1–5, Psalm 118:1, Psalm 118:12–21

When Jesus affirms that Yah, his Father, is his strength and song, he gathers together the whole story of redemption—past, present and future. This journey of his is the heart of bringing humanity home to dwell in the Father, Son and Spirit. In Yah! 

Day 32: He Shatters the Doors of Bronze

March 20, 2024 • Lauren Honea, Scott Graham, Gerrit Dawson • Psalm 103:1–5, Psalm 107:1–3, Psalm 107:10–16

Imagine Jesus reciting portions of Psalm 107 knowing his death and resurrection have set free the captives who had longed for him: “He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart . . . and cuts in two the bars of iron.” The resurrection has cosmic significance! 

Day 31: You Brought Up My life

March 19, 2024 • Lauren Honea, Scott Graham, Gerrit Dawson • Psalm 103:1–5, Jonah 2:1–9

Jesus knows he will eventually be put to death. He also knows he will rise. He draws on Jonah as a type, a preview illustration of his own fate. We can juxtapose these two prophets. The LORD called Jonah to a mission; Jonah fled. The Father anointed Jesus as the savior; Jesus consecrated himself in ministry from his baptism through the cross. 

Day 30: Mourning into Dancing

March 18, 2024 • Lauren Honea, Scott Graham, Gerrit Dawson • Psalm 103:1–5, Psalm 30

Songs allow us to exaggerate, to colorfully say more in order not to say less of what an experience means. The psalmist’s situation in Psalm 30 was so dire, so deathly, that he praised God in terms of being lifted out of Sheol, the dark realm of the dead. However, what was evocative hyperbole for David becomes literal experience for Jesus. These poetically overstated words give accurate lyrics for the unique journey of Jesus. So Psalm 30 serves Jesus perhaps in preparation for his passion, giving him hope that joy will follow the shame. Certainly Psalm 30 is a magnificent song to raise as Jesus gets up in resurrection transformation.

Day 29: When I Awake

March 17, 2024 • Lauren Honea, Scott Graham, Gerrit Dawson • Psalm 103:1–5, Psalm 139:17–18, Psalm 139:23–24

At the resurrection, the Father vindicated the innocence of his Son, overturning humanity’s unjust verdict that he was worthy of death. How do we imagine this occurring? Did the voice of the Father’s declaration thunder throughout the realm of the dead with a concussive “Not Guilty!”? Or did his Spirit rush towards the Son like the father in the parable hitching up his robes and running down the road to welcome home the prodigal? Did a raucous, heavenly party ensue? Or did the Father send his Spirit softly, as one wakes a sleeping child?

Day 28: Darkness Is My Only Companion

March 16, 2024 • Lauren Honea, Scott Graham, Gerrit Dawson • Psalm 88:10–18, Psalm 103:1–5

Jesus’ descent to the realm of the dead on Holy Saturday assures us that he stays with us through the darkest passages of life and death. This event offers hope to those who have felt “darkness is my only companion.” Depression, grief, disassociation, paranoia and anxiety can all isolate us in hopelessness. That Jesus prays Psalm 88 as one of us, with us and for us, is like someone taking our hand in the dark to lead us gently back to light.