McKinney, Texas has been my home for the past 15 years. After searching 6 months for a church home, we found Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, where we have been the last 14 years. During this time, I have been active in lifegroups, women's groups, prayer ministry and have taught Bible studies at various times. At my retirement, I became a certified Master Gardner and enjoy helping others learn how to grow plants in Collin County clay soil. Serving as a volunteer at the Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Frisco gives me opportunities to encourage others in need. My soul-mate of 51 years passed away almost two years ago. Since then, I have been learning to do what I call "man jobs" around the house and yard! My four daughters and seven "grands" are my greatest joy now. My greatest passion is knowing and serving the Lord Jesus Christ where He shows me. To God be the Glory!!
Although there are many great psalms to choose from, I have gone back to one that blessed me early in my walk with the Lord. In the early '70's (before many of you were born), there was a spiritual movement growing among young Christians. Lots of spiritual songs were generated during this time that came directly from scriptures and were used in worship in church and small groups that my husband and I attended. Psalm 19 was one of these that was put to melody and was and is one of my favorites.
The first part of this psalm is where God reveals Himself through His beautiful creation. His intricate handiwork is available for all mankind to see and enjoy (verses 1-6). Beginning in verses 7-14, God's specific revelation is in His inspired Word. This is the section that was set to music and was sung in our groups. Personally, I found these verses (7-14) to become a backbone for assuring my faith. God's Word is perfect or inerrant, leaving no room for doubt. It transforms us and enlightens our souls and spirit. Seeking God in His Word is where previous pearls of wisdom and golden nuggets for life are found and are more valuable than man's search for any "gold" or "riches."
In verses 12-13, we find personal was of correction and introspective thought in cleansing our hears. Our "blind spots, errors, secret faults and presumptuous sins confessed," release us from bondage and we are blameless before God.
The final stanza in verse 14 sums up how we are to align our words and thoughts that come out of our mouths to be acceptable to God. Speak and think only in ways that you know please the Lord. To use careless speech is faithless and unfruitful and reflects unbelief.
Heavenly Father, we see daily and are greatly awed by the beauty of nature. Your creative works in the heavens and earth are beyond my words of expression. Revelation of your greatness in the scriputure is our delight in knowing you personally. May our prayer for each of us be what the psalmist says: "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer." (Psalm 19:14) Amen.
Published on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 @ 6:39 AM CDT