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“. . . rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.”

– Psalm 51:17b

Our psalm has turned to a note of hope as we step into Holy Week.  The writer calls upon God in verse 17 to  “Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.”

If this verse is a later addition to the psalm, then the circumstances of this verse is that Jerusalem is in ruins.   Her walls, the security of cities of the day, had been reduced to heaps of rubble during the Babylonian conquest.  The city, such as it was, was defenseless.

In just a few days now we will gather to commemorate that last supper in the upper room on Maundy Thursday; and then we’ll confront the darkness of Good Friday.   Imagining that the rock of our salvation, the cornerstone of our faith is going toward the cross and to his death is sorrowful and depressing.   On this side of the cross, the prospect that our Lord is preparing to suffer and die may leave us feeling like that Jerusalem of centuries ago — battered, in disarray, and defenseless.

And that’s the way it will be for a few days.



Dear Lord,

Help us to walk with you as we make our way through this week.   As we go, we may need to step around the debris of our world and our lives.  There is too much brokenness around us and in us.  But thankfully your predictions of your passion also come with an assurance of your resurrection — a time of renewal and rebuilding.