The psalm of these lines, while certainly expressing something of what the psalmist or others in their day went through, is fulfilled in scripture plainly through our Lord’s suffering. Note its opening lines:
Death is ordinarily not something we look at in the face. In fact in our culture it is well hidden until it forces its way into the open. But at the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday, it’s at the heart of the ceremony. The priest or pastor smears ashes on the forehead of the participants as a sign of both their mortality and repentance.
Lent is a time of looking forward to the climax of the Christian calendar in our Lord’s death and resurrection. During the forty days leading to Easter Sunday, we even embrace something of death, knowing that for us through our Lord, it is the way to life. By faith and baptism we are taken into Jesus’ death and thus brought through into his resurrection life.
During the season of Lent the ceremony lends itself to living in something of this death in order that we may live in something of the fullness of this life in and through Jesus our Lord. Lent underscores what is to be a way of life to us in Jesus.