Rake


It is important to recognize that God starts with action before word. God is not a teller who doesn’t follow through. First and foremost God shows us, in creation, in the rescue of Israel, in the incarnation, and in the resurrection. As we discover him, we find gold…

1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 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.
5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6 It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.

7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
9 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.
Psalm 19:1-14

Every morning, the gardeners rake the beach. And it’s a large beach. They pick up palm branches and other bits of ‘treasure’ they find. One of the gardeners was raking toward me so I greeted her. She smiled and greeted me back. Then I asked, “Encontras de oro?” which was the best I could do with my tenses on short notice. “You find gold?”

We laughed together. She raked on. And I thought of the old chorus, “Lord, you are more precious than silver; Lord, you are more costly than gold.” Nothing we desire can compare to God. Even if we do not understand that truth and deny it in our lives, it remains true.

If we could fathom God in his greatness and holiness and grace and love, we would cling to him truth daily.

When we read Psalm 19, we see that before anything, the heavens declare God’s glory. Creation speaks of his mighty hand. Paul brings us back to this observation in his letter to the Romans (1:20). The creation of God is enough evidence of God and his divine nature to leave us, Paul says, without excuse. His majesty is visible all around us.

I would say even more so where I am in the tropics, yet when people see the mountains and ocean in Canada, they echo the same sentiment. No matter where you go, your eyes will be opened afresh to God’s wonderful creation. It is important for us to recognize that God starts with action before word. God is not a teller who doesn’t back up what he says. He shows us.

First and foremost God shows us, in creation, in the rescue of Israel, in the incarnation, and in the resurrection. He shows us.

His word also declares to us his precepts and laws and promises. God’s written word is helpful for us to understand his glory and his teachings and his presence and his promises.

We see in verse 10 that, “The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold.” All of them. Those written in the Scriptures and those written in the skies and seas and mountains. For another day, we could also explore Paul’s encouragement (2Corinthians 3:2-3) that we are living letters of God also, declaring his truth and grace as written on our hearts.

Which leads me to ask, how diligent are we in seeking God’s gold for us? How diligent are we to take it all in, through his creation and Word and the lives of fellow believers? Not diligent enough, I think. Not as diligent as this hard-working gardener raking the expanse of this beach I am on.

You have to rake through it all carefully. Find the nuggets of gold. Here’s what will happen if we do: then the “words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart” will please the Lord, our Rock and Redeemer. The things we then treasure will be the things upon which God desires us to dwell.

Rake on.

Amen.

Marc Kinna

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