ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE - EVEN FOR PROTESTANTS
IMPERMANENT THINGS & THE HOLES IN PEOPLE'S LIVES

U2'S 40, KING DAVID'S PSALM 13 and NEIL YOUNG'S WALK WITH ME

HOW LONG

PLAY - U2’s song 40

I waited patiently for the Lord

He inclined and heard my cry

He brought me up out of the pit

Out of the mire and clay

 

I will sing, sing a new song

I will sing, sing a new song

 

U2’s co-write with King David is a beautifully mediative piece, that fluid bass guitar, the building of the communal sing on “How Long, to sing this song”

The “How Long” is of course not in Psalm 40 but it is a recurring theme in the Psalms - 6, 35, 74, 79, 89 & 94. 

Let us pray through Psalm 13

 

How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?

    How long will you hide your face from me?

How long must I wrestle with my thoughts

    and day after day have sorrow in my heart?

    How long will my enemy triumph over me?

 

 

Take a little bit of time to be honest with God. Are there are places personally, family, community or nationally where you are angry with God? Is there a prayer you have been praying and wonder How Long? 

 

Use silence or play U2’s 40… The Frames have a version too

 

 

Look on me and answer, Lord my God.

    Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,

and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”

    and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

 

 

Take a little time to look for answers to your prayers that you might have missed… opportunities in dark places to be a source of light…

 

 

But I trust in your unfailing love;

    my heart rejoices in your salvation.

I will sing the Lord’s praise,

    for he has been good to me.

 

 

Remember in the silence that God loves you and that salvation in Jesus is sure, no matter what is going on in your circumstances. Sometimes it is easier to believe in God that to trust in God. Seek God’s help to trust on what is sure in the midst of uncertainty. 

 

Back to the U2 lyrics of Psalm 40

 

He set my feet upon a rock

And made my footsteps firm

Many will see

Many will see and fear

I will sing, sing a new song

I will sing…

 

Now play Neil Young’s Walk With Me and use it as a prayer to journey into Lent. A grungy walk in times of uncertainty...

 

I feel your love

I feel your strong love

I feel the patience among conditional love

I feel a strength

I feel your faith in me

I'll never let you down no matter what you do

If you just walk with me and let me walk with you

I'm on this journey I don't wanna walk alone

 

Walk with me

Walk with me

Walk with me

Walk with me

 

Walk with me

Shine me a light

Walk with me

Walk with me

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