The Psalter of Jesus: Joy for the Weary // Psalm 90
Every waking moment of life in this world is wearisome. From your very birth, you were driven toward sleep by the tiring experience of simply being awake. And sleep has remained a constant and necessary friend ever since. This is no accident. God has given you the liturgy of waking and sleeping to forge understanding within your bones of the frailty of humanity. You are always wearying, ever passing away. You have come from dust and to dust you will return. Yet, your dusty life is not without beauty. God himself has infused your frail members with his glory. He has given you these days to know joy and sorrow, love and hate. The time is yours to spend, to weary yourself with the rich and meaningful business of being. You need not despise weariness; it is a sign of life spent. And God is faithful. He gives you sleep and new morning. And one day soon, he will give you death and resurrection. Rejoice you weary! Eternal rest nears.
CALL TO WORSHIP
Let all who are weary gather before the Lord our God.
He has been our dwelling place throughout all generations.
Praise be to God, our refuge
He is not bound by time or obligation. From everlasting to everlasting, He is God.
Praise be to God, our confidence
His righteousness reaches to the heavens. There is none like Him in all the earth.
Praise be to God, our hope
A thousand years in His sight are like a day that has just gone by. Before the mountains were born, He is God.
Praise be to God, our deliverance
Our God is a sovereign shepherd. He has gathered us up before, and will gather us again.
Praise be to God, our restoration. Amen.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Our Father, would you meet us? You are our help, but we are narrow minded and near-sighted. We make much of ourselves and our circumstances.
Open our eyes, Lord. Teach us to see you
Our Father, would you forgive us? You have granted all blessing to us in your Son, but we long for lighter loads and less affliction.
Soften our hearts, Lord. Teach us to love you
Our Father, would you rescue us? You are the just and righteous one, but we don’t trust that you have answered the plight of our lives and world.
Forgive us, Lord. Teach us to hope in you
How is it that you, with all holiness and patience, met the sin of the world in love? How is it that Jesus pursued us even though the cost was His life? He was well acquainted with grief, but did not seek another way.
Have mercy on us, Lord. Teach us to trust you
Make us people of faith. Though all around us is dying, you are the God of newness and life. We are but dust, but your Kingdom will never end.
Humble us, Lord. Teach us to number our days
You are including us in a story that is bigger than we can see. In these Lenten days, lead us into self-denial and anticipation of your resurrection.
When we are weary, you are our resting place. Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love. We look to you, Amen.
- authored by Liann Jensen