Psalm 19:1-14 – Sweeter than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb

 Psalm 19:1-14

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 hidden 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,
enduring for ever;
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.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Hear the words of the Psalmist, “Clear me from hidden thoughts.”
  • Listen to what you know in your head.  What hidden thoughts are living there?  How do you desire to live the way of the Lord today?
  • Listen to what you know in your heart.  What hidden feelings are living there?  How do you desire to live the way of the Lord today?
  • Listen to what you know in your gut.  What hidden intuitions are living there?  How do you desire to live the way of the Lord today?
  • Notice any consonance or dissonance.
  • What new thoughts/feelings/intuitions does this reveal in you?
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, October 8, 2017, the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Psalm 19:1-14
Philippians 3:4b-14
Matthew 21:33-46

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings (c) 2017 The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

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