A Lenten Devotional, Day 26: Fourth Sunday

A Lenten Devotional, Day 26: Fourth Sunday

Welcome to Lent!  This season, we’re blessed with a set of Lenten devotionals by contributing author Lee Hinkle.  Find out more about Lee at the bottom of this article, or at hinkledownunder.com.

Sunday

Sundays are a day of celebration during Lent; a day of feasting. This will be the day that we have a reading from the Book of Psalms. We will allow it to be our reading, meditation, prayer and action. It can be all four things for us. Let us bless the LORD. Let us praise the LORD.

Reading, Meditation, Prayer and Action

Psalm 66 (ESV)

How Awesome Are Your Deeds

To the choirmaster. A Song. A Psalm.

Shout for joy to God, all the earth;
     sing the glory of his name;
     give to him glorious praise!
Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
     So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you.
All the earth worships you
     and sings praises to you;
     they sing praises to your name.”     Selah

Come and see what God has done:
     he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.
He turned the sea into dry land;
     they passed through the river on foot.
There did we rejoice in him,
     who rules by his might forever,
whose eyes keep watch on the nations—
     let not the rebellious exalt themselves.     Selah

Bless our God, O peoples;
     let the sound of his praise be heard,
who has kept our soul among the living
     and has not let our feet slip.
For you, O God, have tested us;
     you have tried us as silver is tried.
You brought us into the net;
     you laid a crushing burden on our backs;
you let men ride over our heads;
     we went through fire and through water;
yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.

I will come into your house with burnt offerings;
     I will perform my vows to you,
that which my lips uttered
     and my mouth promised when I was in trouble.
I will offer to you burnt offerings of fattened animals,
     with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams;
I will make an offering of bulls and goats.     Selah

Come and hear, all you who fear God,
     and I will tell what he has done for my soul.
I cried to him with my mouth,
     and high praise was on my tongue.
If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,
     the Lord would not have listened.
But truly God has listened;
     he has attended to the voice of my prayer.

Blessed be God,
     because he has not rejected my prayer
     or removed his steadfast love from me!

-Psalm 66, ESV

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Lee Hinkle is an American pastor who, with his family of 7, felt God’s call to pack up and plant a church in Fremantle, a town in Perth, Western Australia.  Last Summer, the Hinkles left Indianapolis and arrived in Oz to begin their work.  You can follow their adventures at hinkledownunder.com.

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