Lenten Meditation 2018: Reflection on Monday and Tuesday of the First Week

Psalm 63:3-7 (ESV)

Because your steadfast love is better than life,

   my lips will praise you.

So I will bless you as long as I live;

   in your name I will lift up my hands.

My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,

   and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,

when I remember you upon my bed,

   and meditate on you in the watches of the night;

for you have been my help,

   and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.

A few months ago I started a new lifestyle eating plan, otherwise known as a diet.  It is a plan that provides me enough food to live on and a deep variety all based on blood work and my health.  It has been great.  I feel better than i have felt in a long time.  There are a few  phases in the plan and i am now at a place where i can deviate from the prescribe food list one meal a week.  A celebration meal!?!  I have noticed that when i eat these meals i tend to stay pretty close my prescribed list of foods.  Not much variation.  But when i do go off and really dive deep into the celebration it is very satisfying.  I might not feel great the next day but the joy i have in eating that meal is so tangible.  I love food.  I use to joke that my ideal weight was 350lbs (159kgs) because that would mean ideally i could eat whatever i wanted.  Not healthy but enjoyable in the moment.

What is your favorite meal?  The thing that you would be willing to eat all the time?  This passage says that they are satisfied as with a rich meal.  I have a phrase that pops out of my mouth when i have a great bite of food.  “Oh My Golly!”  It is a spontaneous declarations of peace, pleasure and praise to the one who prepared that bite.  

In the time of Lent, a time when many of us have forsaken something, let us remember God’s everlasting ever pursuing love for us and find satisfaction in it.  It will cause us to shout praise to the one who prepares and presents His love for us through Christ Jesus.  Holy Spirit will move us to the peace and pleasure of His presences.

God,  Your love makes us sing.  Your everlasting love brings us peace and pleasure.  Your everlasting love is all of life to us.  Amen

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