The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy:
teach me thy statutes.
~ Psalm 119:64
Keep your flame lit, and you will never feel darkness.
~ J. Parker
For today, I chose to look at a more modern interpretation of the Psalm. I have walked many trails this summer, I believe they were the trails set before me. I have not yet learned the lessons that accompanied them, but I am much more aware of the mercy of God than ever.
In nature, much is taken, and yet, much is spared and able to survive to testify to God’s glory. There is still mercy afoot, and grace in times of trouble. While this psalm gives me many goals, the one that leaps out is “I get up in the middle of the night to thank you.” I get up in the middle of the night, I do not always say thank you. I have not approached every day with a “cannot wait!” attitude. I am thankful for this new look at a very old passage. What leaps out at you?
Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning
Because of Him,
The Message (MSG)
57-64 Because you have satisfied me, God, I promise
to do everything you say.
I beg you from the bottom of my heart: smile,
be gracious to me just as you promised.
When I took a long, careful look at your ways,
I got my feet back on the trail you blazed.
I was up at once, didn’t drag my feet,
was quick to follow your orders.
The wicked hemmed me in—there was no way out—
but not for a minute did I forget your plan for me.
I get up in the middle of the night to thank you;
your decisions are so right, so true—I can’t wait till morning!
I’m a friend and companion of all who fear you,
of those committed to living by your rules.
Your love, God, fills the earth!
Train me to live by your counsel.