Psalms Meditation – July 23

“Let They Face Shine”

Read Psalm 80

From Genesis, where “Let there be light” (1:3) is the first recorded sentence of God, to Revelation, which concludes, “They shall see his face…And night sheall be no more; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord GOd will be their light” (22:4-5), the Scriptures tell of God’s acts under the image of light, his shining forth in creating and redemption.

PRAYER: “Light of light, enlighten me, now anew the day is dawning; sun of grace, the shadows flee;
brighten Thou my Sabbath morning; with Thy joyous sunshine blest, happy is my day of rest.” Amen.
(Benjamin Schmolck, “Light of Light, Enlighten Me,” trans. by Catherine Winkworth)

by Eugene Peterson, “A Year with the Psalms” p. 93

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