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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Today’s Reading | Psalm 19

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. (NRSV)


Here is a reminder that the world we live in, all that we experience, proclaims the glory of God. From majestic views of natural wonders to a thin shard of light streaming in thorough a window and brightening a loved one’s cheek, I am constantly in awe of the never-ending magnificence of this world that God has made for us. With light and beauty, God speaks to us, wordlessly, revealing his love for us. As someone with a strong interest in the arts, I know myself to be a “visual” person and have always felt that what we take in with our eyes can speak volumes. From the smallest particle to the vastness of space we can see, and hear, God’s voice stretching to the ends of the world.

This psalm of David goes on to call us to follow the word of the Lord, to remain faithful and true, and to ask forgiveness for our hidden faults. I love that idea of praying for forgiveness for transgressions that I cannot discern within myself.


Dear Lord, thank you for the beauty of your creation, for revealing your love for me through light, color, shade, form, and beauty in the vastness and exquisite detail of your creation. May your word speak to me thorough my eyes, and may the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight. Amen.

Written by John Shorney, member of Fourth Presbyterian Church

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