Psalm 15 (Psalms on the Trail)

O Lord, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill? Psalm 15:1

“O Lord, who may abide in your tent?

Who may dwell in your holy hill?”  Psalm 15:1 

Reflection: My husband warned me that posting a psalm meditation everyday would be hard.  I’m two weeks into it now.  He is right.  It is hard to abide in the task we think God has given us to do, isn’t it?  I think back: at this point on the trail I had a bum knee and didn’t know the half of what lay ahead. This may have been the highest elevation on my section of the AT so far, but there was way more to come.  I wasn’t even halfway yet.  So who may abide on God’s holy hill?  The psalmist seems to think it is someone who walks blamelessly, etc. etc.  Well, that counts me out.  But, frankly, I think it is someone who lives by grace.  And in this photo you see someone who is standing there only by grace—grace of her husband, grace of her hiking buddy, grace of her congregation, grace of God.  And thus I write this meditation day after day only by the grace of God.  Where in your life do you count on the grace of God?

Suggestions: (For those of you who like to comment directly on this blog, the comment feature had been inadvertently turned off.  It is now reset to accept comments after approval.  You may also comment, of course, on the Facebook link.)

1. Take this verse with you and ponder its meaning for you throughout the day.  What do you notice?  What do you wonder? (Clicking on photo enlarges it.)  Where in your life do you count on God’s grace?

2. Or read all of Psalm 15 to discover how this verse fits into the psalm.

3. Or comment with a photo of your own that illustrates this verse’s meaning for you.

Tomorrow’s verse:  Psalm 16:6

Starting January 1, 2016, for 150 days I am posting a daily psalm verse with a photo that is a visual meditation on the text for me.  Each day a verse from the next psalm is chosen until all 150 psalms have been featured.   To participate you may subscribe to my blog at http://elainedent.net or “friend” me on Facebook and watch for the daily links to blog posts.  Disclaimer:  I am not a photographer and most of the photos are from a cell phone or small camera while hiking the Appalachian Trail or the C&O Canal/Great Allegheny Passage Trail.

 

Suggestions:

1. Take this verse with you and ponder its meaning for you throughout the day.  What do you notice?  What do you wonder? (Clicking on photo enlarges it.)

2. Or read all of Psalm 15 to discover how this verse fits into the psalm.

3. Or comment with a photo of your own that illustrates this verse’s meaning for you.

Tomorrow’s verse:  Psalm 16.6

Starting January 1, 2016, for 150 days I am posting a daily psalm verse with a photo that is a visual meditation on the text for me.  Each day a verse from the next psalm is chosen until all 150 psalms have been featured.   To participate you may subscribe to my blog at http://elainedent.net or “friend” me on Facebook and watch for the daily links to blog posts.  Disclaimer:  I am not a photographer and most of the photos are from a cell phone or small camera while hiking the Appalachian Trail or the C&O Canal/Great Allegheny Passage Trail.