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Seek After God with Psalm 119

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Seek After God with Psalm 119

Over the years, I have loved reading Psalm 119. Sometimes more than others. I was moved especially with Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s commentary on Psalm 119:2, when he went further in depth to discuss seeking God with all one’s heart.  Here’s the translation of Psalm 119:2.

Happy are they who observe his decrees

and seek him with all their hearts!

A number of references in the Hebrew Scriptures (in Exodus and Nehemiah) concerning decrees, or testimonies, of God are coupled with the “tent” or the “tables” of the testimonies. The tablets speak of the Lord. Yet, the tent and the tablets are not to be worshiped. It is God alone who deserves worship, and we must seek after God. Bonhoeffer suggests that the whole, undivided heart needs to be involved in the seeking of God.

“In the commandments, in acts of worship and prayers, the heart seeks after the One who has given them all….Blessed is the person who keeps the testimonies of God…who seeks God from her whole heart.” [1]

I don’t know who wrote Psalm 119, but the author expressed a wish several times to seek after God (and God’s decrees, statutes and testimonies). I realize that King David was also striving to seek after God. Here’s a verse of his, from Psalm 27:4. “One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple.”

Regardless of who wrote it, or who suggested it, or in what century the advice was given, it’s still a good idea. Dear Lord, help me—help us—in the seeking of You, beholding Your beauty, and meditating in Your temple. Thank You for Your caring and encouragement.

@chaplaineliza

 

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[1] Meditating on the Word, Dietrich Bonhöffer, edited by David McI. Gracie. (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Cowley Publications, 2000, 103-04.

Praise to the Lord by Night

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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Praise to the Lord by Night

“Behold now, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, *
you that stand by night in the house of the LORD.”

I stood back and looked at this verse. (Figuratively, of course, since I remained in my seat.) The first verse of Psalm 134, I wondered. Wondered exactly why it talked of praising the Lord by night. Lo and behold, this is the last in a series of Psalms, finishing up at the end of the day.

There were certain priests and Levites who were designated to be on duty during the night, in the Temple. This very short Psalm was written for them.

Lots of things happen at night. Go bump in the night. And, do not happen in the daytime. We can see the glory of the heavens at night. The stars and moon reveal themselves, as well as planets and meteors.

Yes, this Psalm talks about praising the Lord while in the Temple. But, the Lord made a whole universe of remarkable things for us to praise. Tonight happens to be right in the high point of the Perseid meteor shower. A whole bunch of meteors (or, ‘shooting stars’). About ninety in an hour, as the peak of the shower happens. That is, if the viewer is in a dark enough area so they can see the sky clearly.

Lord, our Lord. How majestic is Your name in all the earth. And, in all the universe, too. It truly can be a blessing to all of us. Not only those of us serving in Your house, but also those of us who praise and bless Your name as we observe the wonders of Your creation. Thank You for creating so many marvelous, wondrous things. Thank You for Your infinite creativity, and for our ability to enjoy it.

@chaplaineliza

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