Saturday, February 11, 2012

Tree of Life Day 6: Psalm 19

As we watched the night sky with our neighbor last night, the International Space Station streaked overhead.  Imagine covering horizon to horizon in about 3 minutes.  18,000 miles per hour (give or take a few hundred) is fast.  It's the second time we've seen it and I'm just as awestruck and dumbfounded this time as I was last time.

Every time something space-related comes up, I can't help but think about the first verse of the psalm from today's reading.  Our friend Terry who piloted the Space Shuttle took that verse into space with him on a wristband.  The heavens tell of the glory of God.  Everything we can look up and see reminds us that there is an incredible, glorious, purposeful Creator out there.  Wow.

But that's not all.  What the theologians call general revelation (things that tell us there is a god) isn't enough to satisfy the human soul.  Special revelation tells us what God is like.  And that's what unfolds in the last half of the psalm.  Through His Word, we come to know who He is and what He's like.

The psalm closes with a great prayer we need to pray often:  may words and thoughts be acceptable to this God.  Amen.

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