Lenten Reflection for March 2

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Scripture: Psalm 19

This psalm, presumably written by David, seems to have three messages. In the first few verses, the writer extols the glories of nature and what nature says about the greatness of God who created the sky, the stars and the sun. The second part of the psalm celebrates the law of the Lord and how, if we follow that law, we will “win a great reward.” The third part asks that God cleanse us of unknown faults and keep us from future transgressions. The psalm ends with the familiar words, “may the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to you, my strength and my redeemer.”

It was the first part of the psalm that spoke to me most clearly. I could almost picture David sitting in a meadow, waiting for the sun to rise and marvelling at the greatness of the stars and the sun as it revolves around the earth, re-appearing in the morning. I was reminded of many backpacking trips I’ve taken into remote mountain areas and up valleys where few had gone before. In those remote areas, watching the sun rise beyond the mountains was always a magical time. The air warmed up; the dew on the wildflowers dried; birds and small rodents began chirping. No wonder so many civilizations have worshiped the sun. David remarks that the sun and stars and nature have no voices, but their music still “travels to the end of the world.”

In these few verses that celebrate the glories of nature that God has created, the psalm lays the groundwork for a spirituality that requires us to celebrate it as well. And perhaps it requires us to speak for the silent beauties of nature we find in a mountain meadow, working to preserve those beauties as we “live with respect in creation.”

By Mardy Roberts

Prayer

Creating God, as I survey the wonders of your world, I am reminded that I am a part of it, a thread in the delicate web of life. Keep me ever committed to maintaining that web of life for all the generations to follow.  AMEN

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