Happy Friday to you all!!! I was blessed to have been asked to play golf yesterday. Yes, it rained lightly on us for 4 holes, but it was none the less a beautiful day of golf. I enjoyed it so much, I think I’m going to do it again today. Yesterday Whitmoor; today Gateway National.
But before I hit the links, I will spend some time reading one of the most beautiful psalms today. In today’s readings we continue reading Job who is being chastised by God; the conclusion of that reading has Job apologizing to God. It is here that the Church leads us into the chosen Psalm for today – Psalm 139:
1 For the leader. A psalm of David.
LORD, you have probed me, you know me:
2 you know when I sit and stand;*a
you understand my thoughts from afar.
3 You sift through my travels and my rest;
with all my ways you are familiar.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
LORD, you know it all.
5 Behind and before you encircle me
and rest your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
far too lofty for me to reach.b
7 Where can I go from your spirit?
From your presence, where can I flee?
8 If I ascend to the heavens, you are there;
if I lie down in Sheol, there you are.c
9 If I take the wings of dawn*
and dwell beyond the sea,*
10 Even there your hand guides me,
your right hand holds me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely darkness shall hide me,
and night shall be my light”*—
12 Darkness is not dark for you,
and night shines as the day.
Darkness and light are but one.d
13 You formed my inmost being;
you knit me in my mother’s womb.e
14 I praise you, because I am wonderfully made;
wonderful are your works!
My very self you know.
15 My bones are not hidden from you,
When I was being made in secret,
fashioned in the depths of the earth.*
16 Your eyes saw me unformed;
in your book all are written down;f
my days were shaped, before one came to be.
17 How precious to me are your designs, O God;
how vast the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the sands;
when I complete them, still you are with me.g
19 When you would destroy the wicked, O God,
the bloodthirsty depart from me!h
20 Your foes who conspire a plot against you
are exalted in vain.
21 Do I not hate, LORD, those who hate you?
Those who rise against you, do I not loathe?i
22 With fierce hatred I hate them,
enemies I count as my own.
23 Probe me, God, know my heart;
try me, know my thoughts.j
24 See if there is a wicked path in me;
lead me along an ancient path.
I believe it was the 17th verse that my father-in-law chose to have etched onto his headstone…How precious to me are Your designs O God; how vast the sum of them.
Do something great for our Lord today – realize that your unique design is a gift from God. Praise Him for you are wonderfully made.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You.
Have a great day today. May all your drives be long and may all the fairways be wide and forgiving.