LENTEN BIBLE STUDY: Praying the Psalms in Light of the Lord’s Prayer
Week 1 – Our Father in Heaven
Psalms of confidence and trust
3, 4, 11, 16, 23, 27, 62, 115, 121, 125, 129,131
Week 1 of our Bible study begins with the first line of the Lord’s Prayer: Our Father in Heaven. This phrase speaks of our identity as God’s children and reminds us that we can approach our God with confidence and trust.
Long before Jesus instructed us to call God Father, the writers of the psalms approached God with boldness and confidence because of God’s loving kindness expressed in his covenant with his people. The psalms associated with this phrase are the psalms of confidence: 3, 4, 11, 16, 23, 27, 62, 115, 121, 125, 129, 131.
Included in this grouping is the 23rd Psalm – the Lord is my shepherd, perhaps the most well-known of all of the psalms. Other psalms include Psalm 27 – the Lord is my light and my salvation, Psalm 121 – I lift my eyes to the mountains, and Psalm 125 – As mountains surround Jerusalem, the Lord surrounds his people both now and forever. The last psalm in this section, Psalm 131, is a psalm of quiet trust that invites us to rest in the Lord like a child on its mother’s lap. “I have stilled my soul, hushed it like a weaned child, like a weaned child on its mother’s lap, so is my soul within me.” (vs. 2)
I invite you to “still your soul.” Try to find some time during the craziness which is life to rest in quiet confidence knowing you are loved. Reflect throughout the week on what it means to call God Father.
And so, we begin our Lenten journey by reflecting on “who we are” and “whose we are” – beloved children of God and members of one family.
copyright Robertson 2/2013