Lent Midweek 1

Alan Zepp’s Psalm 19 reflections

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.
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.



  • Context
    • 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.

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