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Charting My Path-A Journey through Psalm 139

May 21, 2014

Reblogged from: Todd Rossnagel

Tonight we move to verse 3 of Psalm 139.

As we Louisiana Methodists prepare for Annual Conference, our Bishop Cynthia Harvey has asked us to study this Psalm prior to our arrival in Shreveport.
 
This particular verse is an example of how different translations can be refreshing to read.
 
The NIV says:
 
You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
 
But this evening, I found the NLT to be a bit more interesting:
 
You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am.
 
I can’t tell you how often I wander through my day.
 
From the parking garage to work – zombie.
 
From my office to the break room – grumpy guy.
 
Often times I will zip right by someone in need or someone who wants to share a moment, a laugh, an issue, a concern.
 
Yet there I go – completely oblivious to the path God has charted for me.
 
I suspect the same is true for the Church.
 
So often we arrive on Sunday with our set patterns – sitting in the same spot, chatting with the same people and avoiding the same people.
 
But what we read here is that God is asking us to be more aware of our path.
 
Every moment, He knows where we are.
 
Yesterday we read where the very act of standing up can be Holy.
 
Add verse 3 and it’s as if God is telling us to stand up and look around; for everything is His creation and His invitation.
 
As disappointed (even angry) as some may be with the current state of Methodism, may we remember that this path has been charted for us.
 
May we stand up, look around and get to work.