In other words…seeing myself in God’s truth

January 29, 2015 — 2 Comments

I find I can easily read a passage of scripture and gloss over its import for my life. I read about other people, at other points in history and I can forget that this is also God’s word to me. Recently, I found myself doing that as I read Psalm 36.

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
Your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
Your justice like the great deep.
You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
How priceless is Your unfailing love, O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
They feast on the abundance of Your house;
You give them drink from Your river of delights.
For with You is the fountain of life;
in Your light we see light.

Psalm 36:5-9

So I went back and spent some time translating the meaning into my own life:

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
Your love includes me in its reach. I live under it, in it.

  Your faithfulness [reaches] to the skies.
Your faithfulness extends to my life, from its beginning to end, and to the people in my life, including my family.

Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
Your righteousness is always there for me, tall and immovable, unaffected by the stormy assaults of evil.
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 Your justice like the great deep.
Your concern for victims of abusive power is not shallow. It’s deep like the ocean–a deep well that never dries up as You work to make things fair and right again.

 You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
You preserve me.

How priceless is Your unfailing love, O God!
Your love for me never fails. You are never impatient, irritated, distracted with me. You are never dismissive, critical, accusing of me. You are always seeking my best.

 People take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
When I need shelter from the difficulties of life or from enemies that seek to harm me, I can take refuge in You, drawing close to Your side and remaining under Your protection.
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They feast on the abundance of Your house;
When I come into Your home, the place of Your presence and Your family, You invite me to feast at Your table, from Your never-ending supply of food for my soul.

You give them drink from Your river of delights.

You meet my thirst, not with mere water but with a clear bubbling drink of refreshment that fills me with joy.

For with You is the fountain of life;
My life is drawn from the never-ending life that pours from You,

in Your light we see light.
Because of You, I am.
I am able to see You only because You gave me the eyes of my heart.

Amen.

2 responses to In other words…seeing myself in God’s truth

  1. 

    Love this! I look forward to seeing you soon!

  2. 
    Habib and Ruth Iskander February 9, 2015 at 3:05 am

    How restful when we can enter into His words and realities! Thanx so for all you share!

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