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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Guest Post: The Glory of God (Psalm 19)

Today I decided to do something different and ask fellow blogger, Kelly, to do a guest post for us! Kelly is a working mom and the author of two blogs, Oh That Mom Again and Encourage 365. This is my first time having a guest poster...well, if asking Ryan to transcribe my words when the internet was out doesn't count... and it doesn't. I hope you'll join me in welcoming Kelly and her reflection on the subject of the day, Psalm 19!
 
I don’t think I’ve ever written over an entire Psalm before.  I’ve written over verses, but never the entire one.  Pamela has charged me with a first for me (I like challenges :) )

I should probably say that a few weeks ago, I finished the Bible in 90 Day challenge from www.momstoolbox.com.  If you have never read the Bible from cover to cover, I encourage you to do so.  It is amazing what you learn when you do it. I can’t wait to do it again.

As I thought about what to write for this Guest Post, I prayed and opened my Bible to Psalm 19 (the Psalm I was requested to write about).  I had to smile when I looked and saw different lines underlined.  These were the lines that touched me so much when I read it about 2 months ago. 

This time when I read it, I sang it (like Pamela did to one of her Psalms).  There is such a sweet spirit when you sing one of these chapters.  It’s like it gets deeper in your soul… like you are singing to God, not just reading words in a book

So, I’m going to write the psalm and underline what I had underlined the first time I read through it.  I’m also going to add my 2 cents at the end.

Psalm 19
The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The skies display his craftsmanship.
Day after day they continue to speak;
Night after night they make Him known.
They speak without a sound or word;
Their voice is never heard.
Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
And their words to all the world.

God has made a home in the heavens for the sun.
It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding.
It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race.
The sun rises at one end of the Heavens
And follows its course to the other end.
Nothing can hide from its heat.

Its instructions of the Lord are perfect,
Reviving the soul.
The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy,
Making wise the simple.
The commandments of the Lord are right,
Bringing joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are clear,
Giving insight for the living.
Reverence for the Lord is pure,
Lasting forever.
The laws of the Lord are true;
Each one is fair.
They are more desirable than gold.
Even the finest gold.
They are sweeter than honey,
Even honey dripping from the comb.
They are a warning to your servent,
A great reward for those who obey Him.

How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart?
Cleanse me from these hidden faults.
Keep your servant from deliberate sins!
Don’t let them control me.
Then I will be free from guilt
And innocent of great sin.

May the words of my mouth
And the mediation of my heart
Be pleasing to you.
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

I really wanted to focus on those last 4 lines.  Can you imagine if your thoughts and words had to go through God first?  Would you say some of the things you do if you were saying them to God—or how about if God was in the room with you?

Well, Guess what?  He *is* in the room with you.  God knows every thought you have and every word you say.  Now, sometimes we can’t help the thoughts that pop in our heads, but we can help the words that escape our lips. 

Think about it.  Are your words pleasing to God?  How about your actions?    

You’ve heard the saying, “Do you kiss your Mama with that mouth?”.  Well, I’m going to add, “Would you talk to God with that mouth?”  Sometimes, the answer would be no.

David appeared to have that problem too.  This psalm is not only a song, but a prayer… a prayer we can all say.  May the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart be pleasing to you.  O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

I’d like to thank Pamela for asking me to Guest post for her.  I really enjoy reading her walk through Psalms.  When I have a hard time praying or if I’m struggling to find a devotional (for one of my 2 blogs: www.encourage365.com ), I go straight to the book of Psalm.  It has helped me so much :)

Much Love,
Kelly

Thanks Kelly! And I hope you all will be my guests on Friday and come back and add your own reflections on any of the Psalms 1-21 when I do the weekly link-up!

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