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.*
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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