Ashes

Wednesday – The Psalms
Psalm 120

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Quick to ignite into a blazing fire with long-lasting coals: such is the broom tree. This image occurs to the psalmist to describe the deceitful mouths that surround him, an image that James would use in his letter about the tongue.

The psalmist walks with those making their way to Jerusalem for the pilgrimages three times a year for Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles. We interrupt the numerical flow of Psalms on Wednesdays, to catch this sense of movement to Jerusalem each Lent. This year, one third of the fifteen “Songs of Ascent” (Psalms 120 to 134) will be our weekly Wednesday meditation-points to Holy Week and Easter.

Burn away your old self, so that a new self can live. If you are as dead to self as the ashes of last Wednesday, the fires of life can harm you no longer. On the contrary, you will burn on and on in the Spirit!

The Reading for Today
Text     Audio

Bible Breaths
What are these?
In distress I cry to You. v. 1
Delivered from lying lips v. 2
At home in the here and now v. 5
Being peace for everyone v. 7

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Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms,
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