Readings and Pondering for Saturday 23 March 2019 Lent

Daily Office Readings for Saturday 23 March 2019 Year One of 2 Lent

AM Psalm 75, 76; PM Psalm 23, 27Jer. 5:20-31; Rom. 3:19-31; John 7:1-13

Psalm 27

“Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!”
    Your face, Lord, do I seek. (Psalm 27:8 NRSV)

“You speak in my heart and say, “Seek my face.” *
Your face, Lord, will I seek. (Psalm 27:11 NIV)

My Pondering

Okay, this is a verse to ponder. Depending on the English translation, one understanding of seeking God’s face could come up in verse 8 or 11. While the NIV has a second person singular talk with God (God talking to us directly), the NRSV has the heart (or our soul) speaking to us, its host, with God being in third person singular. And I prefer the word soul rather than heart.  The heart is a blood pumping muscle while the soul is a gift from God that can’t be found by science.  This soul is constantly in conversion with God.  And then our soul talks to us about God.

The Psalmist says that the soul speaks to us about God, “Seek God’s face.”  Our souls are our connection to God.  God planted it in us. If you establish and maintain some quiet time daily and are quiet and listen intently, you can hear your soul talk to God.  It’s like hearing someone on the phone.  You can hear the one on your side of the phone but you can only guess the gist of the conversation as you try to piece it together based on what your soul is saying.  The one thing you can be sure of is that when your soul is talking to God, it is about you!

My real sadness is for people who say they don’t believe in God. This means that they also don’t believe that they even have a soul because our souls are gifts from God. To refuse to believe is the waste of a soul. I feel so sad for them.

There is another understanding for our souls and that is the spirit which is the same gift from God by another name being undetectable by doctors or scientist. St Paul speaks of this in Romans as he informs us, Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.  And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” (Romans 8:26 – 27 NRSV)

So you see, there is something about us that is connected to God.  And get this, it is in us for our own benefit.  God did this for us.  It is the continuation of Emanuel (God with us).  So listen to the Psalmist as he teaches, “Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!”  And you should respond,
    “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”   Amen.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people and “Ponder anew what the Almighty can do.”  John Thomas Frazier Sr.

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