Cheer up, buttercup!

I have to confess I’ve been in a bit of a slump lately, so, as per my goals, I’m trying to focus on the positive in life and remain optimistic even though things aren’t happening as quickly as I’d like. I’m focusing on Psalm 19 this week: Psalm 19

New International Version (NIV)

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
    It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
    like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens
    and makes its circuit to the other;
    nothing is deprived of its warmth.

The law of the Lord is perfect,
    refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
    making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
    giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
    giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure,
    enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
    and all of them are righteous.

10 They are more precious than gold,
    than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
    than honey from the honeycomb.
11 By them your servant is warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.
12 But who can discern their own errors?
    Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
    may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
    innocent of great transgression.

14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
    be pleasing in your sight,
    Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

 

I had this passage memorized at one point, so parts of it are really familiar, but it’s been awhile since I’ve looked at it. It mostly reminds me to be in awe of what God has created and to spend time thinking about focusing on Him. The pastor on Sunday reminded us that a good plan for spiritual growth was less of us and more of God in our life. I was also challenged by verse 12. I can be so short-sighted when it comes to seeing my own flaws. 

We’ll see what the rest of this week brings. I’m just glad I’m starting to feel a little more peaceful. That, in itself, is so valuable.

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