For God alone my soul waits in silence;

from him comes my salvation.

He alone is my rock and my salvation,

my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.

(Psalm 62:1-2)

          Lent, much like Advent, is a time of waiting. During Advent we prepare our hearts as we await the incarnation, the coming of the Christ-child to Bethlehem. And we also prepare and wait for the second coming, the return of Christ, when he will take his rightful place as King of Kings and restore peace and justice. But during the season of Lent we prepare our hearts and walk with Jesus as his journey takes him closer and closer to the cross. There he will lay down his life for his sheep and offer himself as the perfect and final sacrifice for our sins.  And just as our waiting during Advent is filled with anticipation and hope, so it is during Lent. Because although the road to Calvary is filled with much pain and sorrow, we know that Sunday is coming.  We know the end of the story, so we wait with sorrow for the cost of our sin and with anticipation and hope for the resurrection of Jesus which seals the promise of our own resurrection as well.

“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,

for my hope is from him.

He only is my rock and my salvation,

my fortress; I shall not be shaken.

On God rests my salvation and my glory;

my mighty rock, my refuge is God.

Trust in him at all times, O people;

pour out your heart before him;

God is a refuge for us.”

(Psalm 62:5-8)


         During these final weeks of Lent, wait in silence upon the Lord, who alone is our hope, our rock, our salvation, our fortress, our refuge.  Trust in him and pour out your heart before him.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”              –Pastor Chad