During a Candler chapel service known as “Songs and Prayers for the Lenten Journey,” several students shared spoken word reflections. For the next few Wednesdays we will share some of these reflections with you.
This week’s reflection is from 1st year MDiv student Marques Harvey.
Psalm 121 Lenten Reflection
By: Marques Harvey
March 2011 (Copyright pending)
‘I lift up my eyes to the hills– where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot slip– he who watches over you will not slumber; 4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.’
In this season of Lent, my time is being spent discovering that this God of Israel- IS REAL and I mean that environmentally. For God is stretching me to break- fast from traditions of seeing God just as some ‘cosmic sugar Daddy’, this Agape poppy, who whenever I need a blessing I just send a praise up, and my blessings come down. But this time around, in this season of Lent, less time is being spent craving the obesities of life. You know the fat ride, with the extremely large house, even though it’s only occupants are you and your spouse. All those things which contribute to this energy crisis- in which the inflation in the prices- has got us wondering just where Christ is. So like the Psalmist, we lift up our eyes to the hills, only to discover they aren’t there anymore. Cause the country’s economic plan of mountain top removals has crossed the burning sands and Mt. Zion is being converted into a mole hill – things are getting REAL in Israel.
In this season of Lent, my time is being spent discovering that this God of Israel – IS REAL – and I mean that sociologically, God is really challenging me to break-fast from traditions of simply fasting the sweets, treats and meats in my diet. Moving from Daniel’s fast to a fast so REAL Isaiah encourages everyone to try it. It’s a fast that’s not about just me, but with just-us.
It beckons that us who too often fuss with us, would begin discussing trust with us so that God would no longer find disgust in us…where the words of one KRS & the One Christos help remove the proverbial planks from our eyes until we realize that this God of Israel – IS REAL – and I mean that ontologically. God is awakening us to see that Israel is not just a man, not just some ancient land, not just the daughters of the dust but Israel is in each one of us. I ask you, from where will my help come when the earth’s hidden faults cause disasters in the land, when impenetrable levees can no longer stand? You responded our help comes from the One who made heaven and Japan, from the One who made heaven and Iran, from the One who made heaven and Sudan. For the God who keeps Israel is the One who will not sleep nor slumber. For at times like these, we no longer have to wonder. All we have to do is take notice and know this – that this God of Israel – IS REAL.
Marques holds a Masters in Public Health from the Morehouse School of Medicine and is a graduate of Benedict College.