Good afternoon Dear Hearts I’ve had something on my heart during the past several days that I need to share with you. As some of you know my computer died a few days before Easter. While I was deciding if buying a new one, so I could continue with my blog and Contentment Cottage II on Facebook, was really worthwhile Psalm 19:11-14 in the Message Bible kept returning to me.
… God’s Word warns us of danger and directs us to hidden treasure. Otherwise how will we find our way? Or know when we play the fool? Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh! Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work; Then I can start this day sun-washed, scrubbed clean of the grime of sin. These are the words in my mouth; these are what I chew on and pray. Accept them when I place them on the morning altar, O God, my Altar-Rock, God, Priest-of-My-Altar.Psalm 19:11-14
My study Bible translates this portion of scripture very differently, and I have always loved it.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;8 the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;9 the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever; the ordinances of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether.10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.12 But who can discern his errors? Clear thou me from hidden faults.13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer..Psalm 19:7-14 (Revised Standard Version)
That being said, and the reason for this post, is to introduce you to “The Morning Altar” where the meditations of my heart will randomly appear interspersed with the things you already enjoy. I pray that you will be encouraged and inspired by the Word of God, as He brings little gems to life during my morning devotions and I place them on the morning altar,
Follower of Christ, writer & artist.