The season of Lent is upon us. While most of the world does not honor or follow the Lenten Season, I believe the principles of Lent can be followed by all. All Christians need a re-structuring of order in their own lives. All Christians need to re-balance and re-form areas where there is disproportionate indifference. If most of the year one fails to read sacred Scriptures, Lent is a time of turning back our attention to Scriptural reading. If our life of prayer has been dispassionate, 40 days of prayer can be a useful chronology for recovering this biblical act.
Another way to consider Lent is through our habits. In other words, to ask: “What habits have been unfruitful in this past year?” Practically, have we watched too much television in exchange for a more carefully crafted schedule where devotional literature or family worship, or psalmnody is included?
Lent is a form of psalmic restructuring. Where have we failed to consider God as source of all things? Where have we ceased to mature in gratefulness? The psalms, in the words of Geerhardus Vos, is the “expression to the experimental side of religion.” Lent is the re-consideration of the psalmic mission; to place the psalms in front of us and to ask whether we reflect this expression or whether we have missed the mark.