A bright new morning!

24 Sep

Psalm 19 is beautiful.  It has been a favorite for many years. I even know a song to goes to verses 7-10 in the New Revised Standard Version, however, I will be using The Message again for the quotes in my blog.  This psalm is especially wonderful on the beautiful Fall mornings we are having here in Maryland; crisp and clear with a lovely breeze.  The psalmist is again writing about the wonder and beauty of God and begins with God’s creation as marks of God’s nature.  Yet, this psalm’s purpose it to praise God’s law and how it puts all things in right relationship.

Yet, the psalm begins with creation showing the nature of God.  “God’s glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.  Madame Day holds classes every morning, Professor Night lectures each evening.  Their words aren’t herd, their voices aren’t recorded, but their silence fills the earth: unspoken truth is spoken everywhere.”    Have you ever looked at sunrise and sunset this way? . . imagining what  people without electric lights and alarm clocks experienced in their day?

The main body of the psalm is about God’s law.  It is a wonderful description of God’s instruction for our lives,

“The revelation of God is whole and pulls our lives together.

The signposts of God are clear and point out the right road.

The life-maps of God are right, showing the way to joy.

The directions of God are plain and easy on the eyes.

God’s reputation is twenty-four carat gold, with a lifetime guarantee.

The decisions of God are accurate down to the nth degree.

God’s Word is better than a diamond, better than a diamond set between emeralds.

You’ll like it better than strawberries in spring, better than red, ripe strawberries.”

This psalm rejoices in God’s way for our lives.  I wonder even as I write so much of this psalm into the blog whether you will have the patience to read it.  This is not a commentary on the reader, but on me, who has always been impatience in my reading.  Yet, it has been a joy to read the psalms slowly and meditate on what they mean in my life.

So, here is more of this great psalm that tells us the reason to pay attention to God’s word.
“There’s more; God’s Word warns us of danger and directs us to hidden treasure.  Otherwise how will we find our way?  Or know when we play the fool?  Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh!  Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work; then I can start this day sun-washed, scrubbed clean of the grime of sin.”

I love the phrase, “Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work”.  I think this might become one of my central prayers.   I wonder how much of life could be easier if we would remember this psalm and cling to God’s way each day.

This psalm ends with a familiar prayer.  In the NRSV it says, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”  Eugene Peterson puts it in a more definite way, “These are the words in my mouth; these are what I chew on and pray.  Accept them when I place them on morning altar, O God, my Altar-Rock, God, Priest-of My-Altar.”

I pray this give you something to chew on today.  To look at the beauty of this day, give thanks, and consider God’s way in each decision that you make.

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One Response to “A bright new morning!”

  1. TENist September 26, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    Hi, I just heard the NRSV version “Let the words of my mouth…” last night at the Yom Kippur service at Temple Concord. Very cool. Tammy

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