Psalm 19

by | Jan 24, 2019 | Meditations

The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.      In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy. Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults. Keep back your servant also from the insolent; do not let them have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.  (Psa. 19:1–14 NRSV)

This week we find ourselves in the second week after Epiphany.  In Advent we anticipated Christ’s coming.  During Christmas we reflected on how Christ has come.  Now, during this season, we notice all the ways that Christ shows up each and every day.

Psalm 19 is one of my favorite psalms.  The psalmist recognizes all the ways that God shows up – even in the seemingly most mundane…  Where does the psalmist see God?  He sees God show up in every corner of the universe.  God appears in the rhythm of day and night.  He’s there in the cycle of seasons. In all places, wherever there is created order and even chaos, God appears.
The psalmist also sees God in the words of Scripture and in the lives of those who try to live faithfully by the word of God.  God is in every act of faith and in every prayer for strength, protection and acceptance.
Where do you notice God in your life?  My guess is, if you pay attention, you’ll find Him in places you never expected.
Share This