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.
More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults.
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.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Food For Thought:
The line that stands out to me is, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” This is something that preachers often say before they preach. But watching what we say and the words that come out of our mouths is an important thing for preachers and non-preachers to remember. When you are a child, your mom might tell you, “Sticks and stones may break your bones but words will never hurt you.” That’s so far from the truth. Words hurt. What we say and how we say it has a deep impact on those around us. Words of kindness and loving words can lift a soul. Mean or unkind words can crush a person’s spirit for days or weeks. We must be careful with our words. My mantra with my children is kind words, kind actions. I want them to think about what they say to one another and how words can cause pain. I want them to think about what they do and seek to be kind with their actions. I believe this is what Christ calls each and every one of us to do.
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ, your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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