A few weeks after having Lasik to correct my vision, Mark and I went to the Adirondacks to do some hiking around Lake Placid. Our hotel room had a view of Mirror Lake framed by mountains. That first morning, I opened my eyes and saw a spectacular sunrise. I was overwhelmed by the beauty I saw with my own eyes. No lenses were required to perfect or correct what was in front of me.
Moments like these stand out because I am moved by something far greater than myself; there is a presence surrounding me that I cannot deny. In Psalm 19, this is what David is saying. The world – the heavens, the earth, the sea – is shouting out the greatness of God. It is teaching us something about our Creator, but are we really a witness to it?
There are a lot of lenses through which we view life. The lens of a child, a parent, a sibling, a friend, a provider, a victim. Some of these lenses taint our vision and distract us from seeing the things God wants to reveal to us. And if we can’t look out and see God for who He is, then we will never understand the truth about ourselves. His holiness shines light on our sinfulness.
There is a recognizable pattern in my life: when I actively and consistently seek God, I am transformed into someone better than myself – I am daily being made over into His image. But when I get distracted and focus on other things, I behave opposite to the way I want to. Sins that I’m not even aware I struggle with pour out of me, until by God’s grace something greater than myself grabs my attention and I am reminded of how great our God is.
Today, look out your window or go outside and open your eyes to all that surrounds you. Allow God to fill your heart with His presence, to fill your mind with thoughts of Him. As a line from one of my favorite hymns says, “In the rusting grass, I hear Him pass; He speaks to me everywhere.” What is He saying to you?
Thrive in Five
One set of Bible verses, 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Grab a journal or download this worksheet and let’s dive into God’s Word.
How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.Psalm 19:12-14 NLT
Monday: Read Psalm 19:12-14. Write this passage in a journal and read the words out loud – slowly and intentionally while thinking about what each one means.
Tuesday: Read Psalm 19:12-14 and answer these questions: What does this passage say about God? Is there an action to follow?
Wednesday: Read Psalm 19:12-14 and think about this question: Is there a command to obey or an example to follow in this passage?
Thursday: Read Psalm 19:12-14 and begin to think about how you can apply this verse to your own life by answering this question: Does this passage give a promise to believe or a principle to practice?
Friday: Read Psalm 19:12-14 and respond to this question: Does this passage warn of sin(s) to avoid or give a warning to heed?