Ps 16 – “My choice is you, GOD, first and only. And now I find I’m your choice!”
Lent is full of surprises. We start the season making choices, in charge, and perhaps with some unspoken expectations.
We have chosen to fast; chosen to seek God more deeply than usual; chosen to pray more; chosen to join a long-standing tradition (1,700 years seems like a long time). We can feel so virtuous — especially in these first 48-72 hours while we remain on-track with our fast.
But this little statement in Psalm 16 (“My choice is you, GOD … and now I find I’m your choice”) reminds us of two deep and sometimes forgotten truths.
First, the Father has been working up-stream well before this week rolled around. We think we’ve taken the first step, but He has.
Second, any choice we think we have made to honor Him or seek Him pales in the light of His choices for us. Lent is not a time for us to prescribe how the Lord will act or what He should do. Instead, we humble ourselves — right here, right at the beginning — and invite His choices into our lives. And we resolve to receive them and respond to them with all we have.
Know first of all today that He has chosen you. Then listen carefully to discover what He has also chosen for you in this day.
A Breath Prayer For Today: “Your choices, not mine.”