“How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, indeed it faiths for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.”
This is one of my favorite Psalms. The idea of “heart and flesh” singing for joy is an unusual expression, to be sure, maybe even odd. Yet, this is a song of praise and the poetic language captures a beautiful sense of longing. It’s talking about the joy that comes from looking toward God with all of our being, all of who we are.
So often, we think of our spiritual lives as a small segment of our much larger lives. But the Pslamists teach that we only experience the true fullness and joy of life when we fully commit ourselves to longing for God. When we jump in fully and allow our souls to focus on the God that made us, peace and goodness and joy result and abound. Lent isn’t just about dark and difficult themes. It’s about reminding ourselves to fully recommit to the life God intends for us.