Day 8: Psalms to God’s Glory

Orion Nebula, photo taken by the NASA Hubble Space Telescope

Today’s Reading
Psalms 19, 24, 29

Pastor Lisa’s Journal
Scripture
But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults.
Psalm 19:12

Observation
Psalm 19 is built in the shape of a funnel, moving from the vastness of space to the hidden places of our heart. The journey begins with the greatness and glory of God’s creative power. Heaven and earth, day and night, declare the wisdom and power of God. (vs. 1-6) Next God provides the Word: the law, decrees, precepts, commandments, and ordinances. Why? So we might be revived, made wise, enlightened, endure, know the truth, become righteous. So we might rejoice in our relationship with God as people do when they find gold. So our lives would be sweeter than honey. (vs. 7-11) God continues to reach out, wanting to be known and heard, drawing closer and closer, so that the truth of our being may be revealed and redeemed. (vs. 12-14)

Application
We are sometimes blind to the state of our hearts: to error, faults, and sin. God will reveal what we cannot see and what we do not choose see. In the revealing, we can turn away from what is destructive and embrace the new life God offers.

Prayer
Glorious One, Maker of galaxies, Maker of mountains, Maker of me, thank you for your grace. Thank you for reaching out; for speaking through the majesty of your creation, for speaking through your Word, and for speaking into the smallness of my soul. Reveal the destruction and death that hide there. Bring them out of hiding and into the light of your truth. Clear them away. Save me from their domination. Forgive me for the times when they have won the day. Cleanse me now. Make me blameless and pure of heart. Bring new life so my every word and thought would be filled with your healing grace and glory. You are my Rock. You are my Redeemer. You are my Hope. I am broken before you. Have mercy, Lord. Have mercy. Amen.

For an original poem/lyric entitled Glorious One, click here
For quotes on the theme of God’s Glory, click here
For a devotion based on Psalm 29 entitled Cry “Glory!”, click here

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You are invited to join me on a summer adventure through one of the most beloved books in the Bible, Psalms.  To download the Summer in the Psalms reading plan, click here Psalms Reading Plan

As you read, you are encouraged to use the SOAP Method for keeping a spiritual journal, as taught at New Hope Christian Fellowship in Hawaii. For more information on this simple and powerful way of engaging the Word of God, please click here or use the simple instructions provided in the reading plan itself.

I look forward to reading your comments and to all that Jesus will do in you and through you as you seek him this summer. – Lisa <><

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