By: Krista Sickert-Bush
Readings: Psalm 20; Exodus 40:1-15; Hebrews 10:19-25
- The ability to do something that frightens one.
- Strength in the face of pain or grief.
A Season of Courage, our Lenten theme for these 40 days. The above definition of courage gives me both fear and encouragement. How can I in these 40 days be challenged to do something that frightens me while finding strength if pain or grief strikes me? Today’s reading from Psalm 20 gives us faith-filled guidance.
David was a king, a prophet, a respected leader and he was also known as a man after God’s own heart. David though great, was also immensely flawed. David sent his best friend Uriah to the front lines of the war to die, because he was in love with Uriah’s wife. Now most of us would choose not to hurt our best friend, still we like David are immensely broken. The good news is that even amidst all of this sin, God still loves David (and us) and choses him to be a great leader.
David in Psalm 20 prays a prayer about God’s greatness. David also has the courage to ask for prayers for himself as a leader. Often times as leaders in the church, in the workplace and in the world, we feel selfish asking for prayers, but we shouldn’t. As Martin Luther reminds us in his commentary on Psalm 20, “This is a prayer for kings, rulers, magistrates, and all who sustain that most heavy burden of governing the state.” It also reminds us to pray for leaders in all parts of the church, nation and world. They too need our prayers, so that they remember the people they are serving.
May we this season of Lent find courage to pray for those in leadership as well as for those who are facing times of grief or pain. May they be close to our hearts and minds this day. Amen.