Pondering for Saturday, May 9, 2020

Daily Office Readings for Saturday after the 4th Sunday of Easter: Year 2

Psalm 55; Psalm 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Exod. 40:18-38; 1 Thess. 4:1-12; Matt. 5:38-48

Psalm 139 Verses 1 – 3

1. Lord, you have searched me out and known me; you know my sitting down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar.

2. You trace my journeys and my resting-places and are acquainted with all my ways.

3. Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, but you, O Lord, know it altogether.

These are only the first three verses of Psalm 139.  I look at this Psalm as a meditation.  Verses 1 through 17 remind us of how well God knows us. Verses 1 through 17 are the ones most frequently treasured.  The remaining verses tend to deal with what the Psalmist wants to happen to the wicked.

I ponder how it feels to know that when I have a thought or a feeling, that God knows about it as soon as I do (maybe even before).  I am truly not alone, not even in my thoughts. I like to think that sometimes God is not so passive in my thinking. That is, God also prompts my thinking in one direction or another.  It’s like God allows me to see a “burning bush.” I, like Moses, must then decide if I am going to go check it out. 

Here’s the thing, God is a participant with all of us.  The divine hints are already with us.  But it’s up to us to check them out.  God discerns your thoughts from afar and is acquainted with all your ways.  Indeed, there is not a word on your lips, but God, O Lord, knows it altogether.  Think about this and allow yourself to follow God’s lead in your life.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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