God Reveals Himself

Have you read Psalm 19 lately? It’s a magnificent message about God revealing Himself to His creation. This morning, when my heart was overflowing with gratitude to the Lord for our softball team, I didn’t understand why I kept hearing Psalm 19.  So I read it.  And immediately I understood. David, the author of the psalm, is about to burst with wisdom and insight.  He gets how God makes Himself known to humanity and it practically undoes him.   With arms wide open he shouts,  “You go God.   I love how You use the mind boggling splendor of the stars and sun to expose Your excellence.   I totally get how You make Your nature known through Your law.  You are awesome . . . amazing!” And then suddenly without any warning a painful awareness silences the praise. An incredulous thought crosses his mind. “Humanity knows You because of Your heavens, because of Your law . . . and because of me?!   You want to use me to reveal Yourself to Your creation?!”   Weak knees wobble.  Holy hands tremble.  An outstretched body bends.  And a humbled soul confesses.  “Help me, Lord.  I am a sinner.”  And, the praiser pleads to the One he loves.  “Please, Lord, help me.  May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing to You, my strength and my Redeemer.” My heart felt “strangely warmed”.   Three thousand years collapsed into one moment with a realization.  God delights in revealing Himself to His creation through ten men and women on a softball field.  With their favorite scripture shouting from their backs and words of encouragement pouring from their mouths the Apostles softball team declare the reality of the One they love. It’s what God wants to do with each of us.  He yearns to use our words and our actions to make Himself  known to His creation.   Love.  Grace.  Mercy.  They are ours to give that others may live. Please, Lord, help us.  May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing to You, our strength and our Redeemer.” We adore You, O Christ, now and forever.  Amen.

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