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A Verse for Meditation

Torah ScrollLet the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.  Psalm 19:14

  •  How does this prayer undergird your commitment to live a faithful testimony wherever you are?
  • What do you do when you realize that you are contemplating ideas or actions that are not Christlike?
  • How could you use this verse to help someone who felt afraid or discouraged?
  • There is a great deal of instruction, inspiration, and comfort in Psalm 19. Read all 14 verses and choose two that speak to you in your situation today.

 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 hid 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 forever;
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.

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A Verse for Meditation

Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.                                                      Psalm 85:9

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

  •  Dietrich Bonhoeffer reminds us that the Psalms were Jesus’ prayerbook. How might Jesus have prayed this verse? 
  • The angel told Joseph that the name of the son to be born to Mary would be Emmanuel, meaning “God with us.” How does this verse recall God’s promise to be with us? 
  • When the psalmist uses the term salvation what do you think he means? 
  • In verse 85:10 the psalmist writes, “Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.” How does this imagery shape your understanding of the term salvation in verse 9? 
  • Do you believe that God’s salvation is at hand? Why? Does this verse bolster your confidence and joy of living? In what way? 
  • There are numerous views of the meaning of glory in this verse. Do you think Revelation has anything informative to say about it?

See, the home of God is among mortals.

                                    Revelation 21:3 

  • This verse speaks of something that is anticipated, but not yet in evidence. How does a vision of something that isn’t happening yet encourage you?