Looking forward to the Easter holiday, I have to say that there is nothing I like more than to be seen by others as a servant of the Lord. It is refreshing to work in his fields. Reading through the Psalms this Lenten season, I’ve been reminded again and again how glorious it is to live under the umbrella of God’s love and in line with his percepts. He is worthy to be praised, and never more so than during this time leading up to Easter—a time when miracles happen.
Praise the Lord. Praise, O servants of the Lord; praise the name of the Lord. Who is like the Lord our God, the One who sits enthroned on high, who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap…he settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the Lord. Psalm 112: 1-9
Did you notice that in Psalm 112 our Lord is referred to as One who sits enthroned on high, stooping down to look on the heavens and the earth? What a wonderful image to take into Easter week with us. He’s bending near because he cares.
On that dark day so many years ago when Jesus’ friends congregated at the mouth of a depressing tomb, I imagine they wept. Who wouldn’t? Hope was quickly shrinking for these servant friends. Fear enveloped their understanding, much as the shy and saddened sky wrapped a blanket of privacy and darkness over Jesus’ hanging corpse. Grieving loved ones left the cross, unable to conceive of a plan that defied human rules and traditions. In their sorrow, the promise was forgotten and the Father’s work obscured. It would take the newness of morning for them to realize what in the moment they had missed. A resurrection was a brewin’ and Jesus would rise again.
How good it must have been to see Mary running through the garden that first morning following Jesus’ death. With the clarity born of hope, she proclaimed it again and again: He’s alive, Jesus is alive!
This Easter, you’ll most likely head out to worship with cherished family and friends. Be glad we live in America, where this freedom still exists. As you celebrate the Lord’s appearing amidst hymns, psalms and spiritual songs, rejoice in how much he’s accomplished through the sacrifice made for me and you. There’s none other like our God. Hallelujah, praise his Name!