Seeker: “The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.”

Preacher: I look up at the night sky, and I am amazed! So much light against a background of dark. It tells me that the dark will never overtake the light. And that my Lord God will prevail.

Seeker: “Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.”
I watch the sunset, and see the fading light color the sky. Whatever happened during the day is over – for good or for bad it has ended. And at the end of the day I know even if I was not victorious, the Lord God was.

Preacher: “There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.”

Seeker: The wisdom of the Lord covers the earth, and we can hear it with our spirit and our soul. If we listen, we can hear the Spirit of the Divine comfort us and reassure us. From the break of dawn to the darkest of night, the Lord speaks.

Preacher: “In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy. Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat.”

Seeker: We see the sun rise and feel the warmth of the new day. Let us warm ourselves in the Light of the Divine. Let us see clearly what is before us, and chose carefully where we put our thought and attention to. And at the end of the day, let us reflect; and let us prepare for the new day to come.

Preacher: “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the LORD are sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.”

Seeker: “More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.”

Preacher: “Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.”

Seeker: That is the “catch” though, isn’t it? We have to keep the laws, the decrees, the precepts, the commandments, the fear, and the ordinances in mind. How did the psalmist think he could do that? How did he think the people of God could do that? The ancient chosen and called people could not do it. They believed that their Lord left them, abandoned them because of that failure.

Exactly! “But who can detect their errors?”

Seeker: “Clear me from hidden faults. Keep back your servant also from the insolent; do not let them have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.” It must have felt like a continued struggle to maintain right relationship and correct living. And we who live in these modern times feel it too. I feel it, Preacher! What can one do?

Pray, Seeker. Pray prayers of forgiveness, petition, intercession, praise, and adoration. Pray for one’s self, and pray for one another. Prayer is conversation with the Divine; communication that comes as a result of what we hear from the Divine. And let us all say, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19)