God’s way of looking
Psalm 147: 12-20 (NIVUK)
12 Extol the Lord, Jerusalem;
praise your God, Zion.
13 He strengthens the bars of your gates
and blesses your people within you.
14 He grants peace to your borders
and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.
15 He sends his command to the earth;
his word runs swiftly.
16 He spreads the snow like wool
and scatters the frost like ashes.
17 He hurls down hail like pebbles.
Who can withstand his icy blast?
18 He sends his word and melts them;
he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.
19 He has revealed his word to Jacob,
his laws and decrees to Israel.
20 He has done this for no other nation;
they do not know his laws.
This month in Sanctuary First we are thinking about senses in our theme ‘Making Sense Of It’ and this week in particular about sight.
Sight is a sense we often put a lot of faith in: “Seeing is believing”, "Pics or it didn’t happen.”
But we also know that so much of what we ‘see’ is our brains trying to make sense of the world around us. We can see things which others can’t and vice versa. Which is why I enjoy poetry and imagery like we see in this psalm.
Our God is a creative God, when we look at art in amazement or confusion, we cannot hope to see what God sees when looking at our art and our world. Is it any wonder that when psalmists are inspired by God the images they produce take us out of ourselves and our ordinary way of seeing? This new year, when things around us might not seem to have room for creativity or inspiration let us remember God’s way of looking and let the wonder, the surprise, and the artistry back in.
Remind us to see your world and your actions with more than our eyes
When we feel crushed or limited give us your inspiration again
Fill us with wonder and delight at every possible moment