Subject: Redeemer Downtown Devotional: Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost - August 26, 2012

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Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost - August 26, 2012

These devotionals are to help you prepare for each Sunday to come in the Christian Calendar.* 

[1] The heavens declare the glory of God,
  and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
[2] Day to day pours out speech,
  and night to night reveals knowledge.
[3] There is no speech, nor are there words,
  whose voice is not heard.
[4] Their voice goes out through all the earth,
  and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
  [5] which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
  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 there is nothing hidden from its heat.
[7] The law of the LORD is perfect,
  reviving the soul;
the testimony of the LORD is sure,
  making wise the simple;
[8] the precepts of the LORD are right,
  rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is pure,
  enlightening the eyes;
[9] the fear of the LORD is clean,
  enduring forever;
the rules 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] Who can discern his errors?
  Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
[13] Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
  let them not 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 in your sight,
  O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 19 (ESV)
Psalm 19 reminds us that God speaks to us in two ways: through Creation and through Scripture. It also shows us that while His voice reverberates over all the earth and revives the soul, it also engages us cognitively and rationally. His truth is not merely something that we learn and then place on a mental shelf, rarely accessed or acknowledged; rather, His truth is something that actively engages us (v.8 “rejoicing the heart” and “enlightening the eyes”). It doesn’t merely inform us, but it forms us.  Paul writes, “In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col 2:3). Wisdom and knowledge in Christ require that we engage God volitionally, rationally, and cognitively, and that we follow Him with our hearts, souls, and minds.

Read this psalm closely and carefully. Vv. 1-6 remind us that Creation eloquently speaks of the wonders of God without words and in ways that words alone cannot. Vv. 7-11 reminds us that God’s Word can fill the mind with awe and admiration. Vv. 12-14 describe the fitting response of a mind that has wrestled with and been formed by the Law of God, both unspoken in Creation and written in His Word: namely, words from our mouths and deep meditations in our hearts that are pleasing to God (v. 14).

Have you wrestled with His Word and let His Word wrestle with you? Has Scripture engaged your mind such that you are not merely informed, but transformed, by it?

John C. Lin, Downtown Lead Pastor

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Collect** from The Book of Common Prayer

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