Daily Devotion Saturday, July 20

Saturday, July 20, 2013 – Psalm 8; 1 Samuel 22:1-23; Acts 13:26-43 and Mark 3:19b-35

My friends, today marks Phyllis’ and my 39th anniversary as husband and wife. We were married 39 years ago today at 1st United Methodist Church, Boulder, Colorado. We had two pastors perform our service, the senior pastor at 1st Methodist and also The Rev. Lloyd Hindman, Associate Pastor at 1st Presbyterian Church, Fort Collins, CO my home church. I remember the beautiful young girl walking down the long, long isle. Special day in my life, out life. By the way, I still find her to be beautiful inside and out.

When doing a wedding service, I’ll often remind the couple that their wedding day is only one day out of many days. And encourage them to put as much effort into each other day of their married life, as they do their wedding day.

Today, I give thanks for the love that Phyllis and I have shared through the years and how it grows deeper and more fully through all the years.

Today, also marks my 33rd year of being a pastor. I was ordained to the Gospel ministry on July 20, 1980 by Tres Rios Presbytery, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Odessa, Texas. I give thanks for my call to ministry, my ordination and how God has blessed me through the years with many, many great servants of the Lord.

Enough reminiscing; we’re now reading through the Psalms. Psalm 8 is one of my favorite Psalms.

Psalm 8 – O Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.
    Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
to silence the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
 that you care for them?

Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;

you have put all things under their feet,
all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

I’ve read this Psalm many, many times but never really noticed; “Out of the mouths and babes and infants”. I wonder if a small child had pointed something out to the Psalmist or he was simply rejoicing in how even a child can sense the wonder of God all about. Not sure, but I give thanks for how Mackenzie has always been able to open Grandpa’s eyes to God who is in our midst. Reminds me of when Jesus said; “whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” (Mark 10:15 & Luke 18:17)

Then in the reading from Acts we hear Peter referring to some of the references in the Psalms to Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.

Acts 13:26-43 – 32And we bring you the good news that what God promised to our ancestors 33he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising Jesus; as also it is written in the second psalm,
‘You are my Son;
today I have begotten you.’
34As to his raising him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, he has spoken in this way,
‘I will give you the holy promises made to David.’
35Therefore he has also said in another psalm,
‘You will not let your Holy One experience corruption.’
(Psalm 16:10)

The Psalms have been important to God’s people from generation to generation. Not every Psalm speaks to me, but through them all I find words from God which often speak to the very situation in which I find myself.

O Lord, thanks for bringing Phyllis and I together many years ago and thanks for helping us nurture and refine our love for one another. She is truly not only a helpmate to me, but my companion through the journey of life. May your blessings continue to be poured out upon us and our love for one another. Thanks also for your call to me to be a pastor and for my ordination. It continues to be a wonderful journey with you at the helm and you guiding my ways. May I be a blessing unto you, through my continuing years as pastor.

This is the special day you have made O God, may I rejoice and be glad throughout it. Amen.

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