Seeing God in His Words


September 12

Psalm 19

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
    It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
    like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens
    and makes its circuit to the other;
    nothing is deprived of its warmth.

The law of the Lord is perfect,
    refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
    making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
    giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
    giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure,
    enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
    and all of them are righteous.

10 They are more precious than gold,
    than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
    than honey from the honeycomb.
11 By them your servant is warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.
12 But who can discern their own errors?
    Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
    may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
    innocent of great transgression.

14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
    be pleasing in your sight,
    Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

The Psalmist shows us opportunities to see God today.  We begin in the heavens, seeing God’s works in creation.  Hearing there, without words, the glory of God.  Then the Psalmist takes us to God’s words, using several variations on one word to describe the words of God (in English we used law, statutes, precepts).  Words that show the glory of God and the grace of God.

When we come to the end of the Psalm we see that it is about what we then do with the words from God.  Speaking them and meditating on them.  Letting them become part of us and shape who we are. 

When we read God’s words, do we look at them to see God and ourselves?  Not trying to find the exact set of rules by which we must live.  Not for the purpose of trying to show how our ideas are right and trying to correct others.  Do we see God and ourselves in the words he has given us?  God’s words are here to show us who we are and who we are supposed to be.

As you think on the words of this Psalm today, or take in other words from God today, think of those things.  See God for who he says he is.  See self for who God says we are and who we are supposed to be.  Those ways we should live, they will happen out of who we are.  The way another should live, that is in progress with the Holy Spirit at work. 

12 But who can discern their own errors?
    Forgive my hidden faults.

We know some of the things in ourselves that are wrong.  We change with the Spirit at work.  Many things that we don’t know, we look for forgiveness as well and hope to see those come out over time and be transformed with the Spirit in us.  It begins as we spend time meditating on the words of God and seeing who we are, who we are supposed to be.  Called to be people of God.

SongGreat is the Lord

Prayer

We praise you, God almighty, for the power you have shown in creating the world.  We thank you for your love in redeeming us from sin and in creating us anew in Christ.  Grant us strength in this life to honour you, Lord God, both in worship and in witness, for Jesus Christ’s sake.  Amen.


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