Alan Zepp’s Psalm 19 reflections
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 tent 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,
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.
- Cindy was asked – she said “Alan will do it” Yes dear I do regularly speak in public in my current job.
- 150 psalms
- “I can find one to talk about”
- I did, but…
- Introvert, actions speak louder than words, God gave us 2 ears, 2 eyes, and one mouth for a reason
- Most Psalms are extroverted
- Praise God for victories over enemies
- Ask for protection from enemies
- Are prayers for help
- Celebrations of God’s power
- I see God where the writer of 19 does
- On the battlefield here, in the spring when the dogwood, redbud and wild cherry are blooming
- When Cindy and I are canoeing on Long Pine reservoir on a hot July evening
- Pole Steeple in October
- As the sun comes up on a frigid, clear, freshly snow covered January morning
- On the farm
- As those tiny spikes of corn in May grow into a dense green jungle in August
- Watching those newborn calves grow into mature adults along with my kids and grandchildren
- On our patio in the evening while the mourning doves coo
- Same patio looking at the milk way on a clear dark night
- At the rim of the grand canyon
- I once had a window seat on the West side of an airplane to Toronto. As it descended just East of Niagara Falls, the sun was setting and shining on the falls
- After reading all of the Psalms, my personal learning from this exercise is that I really don’t appreciate what God has given me. I’m still the introvert with 2 eyes, 2 ears and one tongue, but maybe I should work on praise and gratitude a little more.