Morning Reflection 3/08/12 – Psalm 19

God’s Glory in Creation and the Law

To the leader. A Psalm of David.

1 The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
2 Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;
4 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 te
nt for the sun,
5 which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple;
8 the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes;
9 the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping

them there is great reward.
12 But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults.
13 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.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer

via Psalm 19:8 (NRSV) –

I do not subscribe to magazines like Outside Magazine. My life tends to happen inside four walls, so I guess I need some type of “Inside Magazine”. I am not proud of this fact. I believe I should be outside in God’s creation more often than I am. There are times when I do find myself outside, but I have to be intentional about it. In the spring I begin getting my garden ready. During the summer, I spend time keeping up with my yard. In fall, I will be raking leaves. Of course in the winter, I will be shoveling way too much snow. I tend to work outside, more than enjoy outside. Continue reading

Morning Reflection 2/22/12 – Psalm 8

 By marcp_dmozDivine Majesty and Human DignityTo the leader: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David.

1 O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
2 Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,to silence the enemy and the avenger.
3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established;
4 what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?
5 Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.
6 You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet,
7 all sheep and oxen,and also the beasts of the field,
8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
9 O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

via Psalm 8 NRSV –

I don’t think I fully realize God’s glory. David did. David saw how high and lifted up God was. David recognized God’s glory all around him. Because of this, he was amazed at God’s mindfulness of humanity. Humanity has been created just “a little bit lower than God” himself. Continue reading