Lent – Tuesday – April 5

Psalm 146

We live in a culture where authority is mistrusted. Too many times, those in authority have abused their power for their own gain, leaving us suspicious. Too often, authority is used to oppress and punish. Some things never change. Psalm 146 presents a sharp contrast between those transitory princes, those ephemeral powers that we ought not trust and the everlasting Lord on whom we can safely rely. A mere two verses summarize the flaws of mortal authority. Death guarantees an end to their power. In contrast, the attributes of the Lord take up the rest of the verses in this brief Psalm. The kings of earth pale in comparison.

From: Lent Devotional 2011 by Luther Seminary and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

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