Fortieth Day of Lent, Holy Saturday

Psalm 143

Aviation in Alaska is a part of the fabric of our lives. Like many others, I earned my private pilots license. In our training, a shield is put over our eyes while the instructor puts the plane through a series of maneuvers, turning, going up and down, and at some point the shield is removed. The task is to get the plane straight and level. It is called unusual attitude recovery and if you are afraid of flying, you know how unsettling those bumps can be.

In Psalm 143, the Psalmist expresses a life that is in an unusual attitude. Look at some of the phrases that are used: “Listen to my cry for mercy…come to my relief.” We read, “So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed.” These are words of a life that is not exactly straight and level, with smooth air. No. It is a, “my spirit fails” reality that the writer was facing.

We have all been there and perhaps you are there right now. What is expressed as a cry for help may resonate with you greatly today. If they do, the words of verse 8 may be your request too, “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” I need some good news Lord! Please?

Verse 5 grabbed me, “I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done.”  Recently I paused to do this very thing. It was in a time of extreme busyness and I was facing some struggles. My thoughts began to flood – stories from the Bible, stories from my own life, and experience – it became a great source of encouragement and strength. As an exercise, I would encourage you to remember, consider, and meditate on what God’s hands have done. God is faithful to us, His servants.

Curtis Ivanoff
Alaska Conference