Day 12, March 17—Sabbath

“I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.” –Luke 23:43


Each Sunday during Lent, give yourself permission to reflect on all God has been speaking to you through His Word over the prior week. Using a Psalm as the focal point, carve out extended time with God to simply listen for the ways He is speaking and moving in you. The goal of this Sabbath break is to allow for space for rest, meditation, and attending to your soul.

Psalm 27

The LORD is my light and my salvation—
   so why should I be afraid?
The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
   so why should I tremble?
When evil people come to devour me,
   when my enemies and foes attack me,
   they will stumble and fall.
Though a mighty army surrounds me,
   my heart will not be afraid.
Even if I am attacked,
   I will remain confident.
The one thing I ask of the LORD—
   the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,
   delighting in the LORD’s perfections
   and meditating in his Temple.
For he will conceal me there when troubles come;
   he will hide me in his sanctuary.
   He will place me out of reach on a high rock.
Then I will hold my head high
   above my enemies who surround me.
At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy,
   singing and praising the Lord with music.
Hear me as I pray, O LORD.
   Be merciful and answer me!
My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”
   And my heart responds, “LORD, I am coming.”
Do not turn your back on me.
   Do not reject your servant in anger.
   You have always been my helper.
Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me,
   O God of my salvation!
Even if my father and mother abandon me,
   the LORD will hold me close.
Teach me how to live, O LORD.
   Lead me along the right path,
   for my enemies are waiting for me.
Do not let me fall into their hands.
   For they accuse me of things I’ve never done;
   with every breath they threaten me with violence.
Yet I am confident I will see the LORD’s goodness
   while I am here in the land of the living.
Wait patiently for the LORD.
   Be brave and courageous.
   Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.