If you (like me) ever wondered why many churches observe the Lenten season, perhaps Psalm 25 will provide some answers. (At least it did for me!)
It seems like the world is to the point of self-destruction, absolute confusion, abject despair, and utter misery. Politics is a nasty business, at best. The economy is tottering on collapse. Health care and well-being seem to be vestiges of a distant past. Pessimists seem to be saying or at least thinking that things will only get worse. Even optimists seem to be thinking that the only real hope for improvement lies in a swift return of our Lord and the reestablishment of His powerful rule.
So, we turn to God’s Word for guidance, help, hope, and strength.
In verse four of Psalm 25 there is a prayer for divine blessing. The Psalmist wrote: “Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.  Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation….” (Ps.25:4-5a) Human reason and skills, life experiences and expertise, physical or mental or emotional strength will carry people only so far. We humans are limited and often incapable. Because we are sinners, we tend to mess things up so much, even without trying. So, I believe this would seem to be a very good place to begin our observance of the Lenten season.
Verse 5 reads: “Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation.” The Psalmist’s hope and confidence is in God. When all else fails, God can and will still be there for those who love and trust in Him!
Also, and especially, remember the great sacrifice our Lord Jesus made for us and our salvation. He didn’t want to experience the agony and pain of the cross, but He submitted Himself to His Father’s will so that sinners like ourselves could escape damnation and doom. This is God’s way of salvation for us. There is no other name under heaven by which we may be saved! The Psalmist prayed “Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!” (Ps. 25: 6-7) This is our prayer as well!