Saturday, 3rd April
Reading Psalm 142
Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life.Psalm 142:4
Between Good Friday and Easter Day the disciples were on a low ebb. All their hopes had been gathering and growing in Jesus. Three years of teaching and miracles had been amazing, and the week of Passover, of the celebration of God’s people receiving release, had begun with a triumphant entry into the city of Jerusalem. Then it had all come crashing down like a ton of bricks, with the arrest in Gethsemane, the trial by Pilate, and the cross on Golgotha. How dark their mood would have been the next day.
This psalm of David speaks of his fears in the cave; afraid for his life, wondering what would be next, abandoned by friends, and sought by his enemies. But it was not the end, his spirit is faint within, but he still trusts in the Lord.
We are fortunate that we know the story of David doesn’t end in the cave, or with Christ laying in a tomb. These have wonderful endings. David as king in Jerusalem, Jesus as the King of kings – risen and ascended to the heavenly father where he can intercede on our behalf, and pouring out the Holy Spirit on the disciples, equipping them to go forth to the ends of the earth, taking the glorious Gospel with them.
May we pray for those who are without hope and who cannot see a way forward, that God may reveal a path ahead. Pray for those struggling with their mental or physical health, that the Lord will provide relief and strength. Pray too that we may all soon be released from the captivity of Covid restrictions to proclaim the freedom we know in Christ.