God, Our Rock and Our Redeemer

This meditation is based on a passage for June 20, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Psalm 19

Reflection and Question: What an amazing poem of adoration! It begins with God, the Creator, including a lovely image of the rising sun as a bridegroom — reminding us all of the glow of a marrying couple. The middle section shifts to God, the Lawgiver, whose ordinances are sweeter than honey. In the last few verses the psalmist steps into our shoes, acknowledging the reward we receive in obeying God’s law and also the difficulty we have doing so. The end is a petition to God to cleanse us when we sin and the classic prayer before the sermon. What image here captures God best for you?

The spacious firmament on high, With all the blue ethereal sky,
And spangled heavens, a shining frame, Their great Original proclaim:
Th’unwearied sun, from day to day, does his Creator’s power display,
And publishes to every land the work of an almighty hand.
(Joseph Addison, 1712, The Hymnbook, 97)