Psalm 19 reminds us of God’s place in the world as creator,
“The heavens are telling of the glory of God, and the firmament tells of God’s handiwork…the law of the Lord is perfect,reviving the soul.”
– which we humans seem to be okay with – as long as we have our place of honor as well. “Keep back your servant also from the insolent; do not let them have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.”
We tend not to want anyone or anything to have “dominion” over us. A modern catch phrase we hear often is – “Don’t tell me what to do!”
YET – what if the intention is more like this graphic…
The law of the Lord is a phrase that catches my attention in this psalm. In my life as an outdoor educator I loved teaching students of all ages about the amazing interconnectedness of nature. You can see slowly changing tree lines and layers of forest in natural cycles of life. These incredibly intricate patterns are predictable – what I understand as the law of the Lord. Nitrates, nitrites, and seasonal water patterns dance together forming unique communities and ecosystems that interact with one another adjusting and changing together.
This is how I understand God. God exists in community – three in one. Each “person” of the Trinity having their own role in the community – yet constantly interconnected to the others. This is how I believe God has created all of creation to be. No one aspect of creation is more important or elevated above another – not even humans. We each must understand our unique gifts and roles that affect the others – hopefully to benefit them.
It is our own ego that throws this system out of balance. That pinpoints the verse about God giving humans “dominion over all the creatures of the earth” to argue that we were designed to be set apart (above really though). Is this following the psalmists prayer? “Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (Vs. 19)
I believe God created in communion and therefore humans are also meant to be in community. In true balanced community with other people, with other animals, plants, and all of creation. When we open our eyes to this law of God – we will see that we are called to open our eyes every day to all those around us and interact in love.
I wonder –
- what about creation helps connect you with God?
- what connects the law of God to the laws of nature in your understanding?
- how your words and actions line up with God’s design for all of creation?
Prayer: God of heaven and earth, you live in the reality of community. Help us to see beyond ourselves and our ego to your designs for all of creation. As you modeled for us in coming to earth in Christ Jesus, we long to play our part in bringing about your kingdom. Spirit help us feel your ever present guidance to keep our words and our actions acceptable to you our God. In your holy name we pray, Amen.