Oh may the words of my mouth, my meditation-thoughts, and every movement of my heart be always pure and pleasing, acceptable before your eyes, my only Redeemer, my Protector-God. Psalm 19:14 (TPT)
Deep Darkness – Heaven and Earth Series – Part 6
The Message Bible says it like this:
“These are the words in my mouth; these are what I chew on and pray. Accept them when I place them on the morning altar, O God, my Altar-Rock, God, Priest-of-My-Altar.”
What’s the story you chew on?
The one you tell yourself about the world, others, you?
What words fill your mouth?
When faced with darkness, what story do you tell?
When confronted by your own humanity, what ‘scripture’ (sacred truth) do you cling to?
I wonder what words fill God’s mouth when he looks at us?
We might not always be pure and pleasing and acceptable. But we can always be part of a pure and pleasing and acceptable story: redemption.
Heaven and earth are intertwined in this story’s testimony. There will always be a darkness so deep, where it seems no light can be found. But the grand mystery of grace is that light can burst forth in the midst of deep darkness, we only need to look for it. Strike the match of love, flick the switch of hope, shine the torch of faith…
And as Dumbledore said, “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if only we remember to turn on the light.” (JK Rowling.)
It’s an easy thing to write, and a hard thing to live.
Let me challenge you to see the potential for redemption whenever you see wickedness, mess and ruin. Rather than looking at it, and turning a blind eye, or being paralyzed with despair, or judgemental and accusatory; see its potential for renewal. Ask what role you might play in it. AND consider this: you might be the light for someone else's darkness…
Whether it be in nature, in others or in yourself… there is always hope. That’s the story the stars are trying to tell us.
Take a fresh look at the world around you. How can we treat the earth that has been entrusted to us like it’s on a redemptive journey? Does the story you hear about it change?
Now ask yourself the same about others…
And lastly, ask yourself the same about you.
See yourself in the light of redemption. May the words of your mouth and the movement of your life tell a redemptive tale.
“God’s splendor is a tale that is told; his testament is written in the stars. Space itself speaks his story every day through the marvels of the heavens. His truth is on tour in the starry-vault of the sky, showing his skill in creation’s craftsmanship. Each day gushes out its message to the next, night with night whispering its knowledge to all. Without a sound, without a word, without a voice being heard, yet all the world can see its story. Everywhere its gospel is clearly read so all may know.” Psalm 19:1-4 (TPT)
Your turn… Are there any dark situations you can bring light to? Leave us your comments below.