The Psalter of Jesus: The Presence of the One // Psalm 139

Few delights can equal the mere presence of one whom we trust utterly.
— George MacDonald

When God made the world, he filled it with mirrors. And the largest of these mirrors is us, human people. The purpose of these mirrors is to reflect the beauty, goodness, and truth of God, so that the creation might enjoy and thrive in the love of its creator. But there's a problem. All the mirrors are marred now. Some are twisted. Others cracked. And many have shattered into a thousand tiny pieces. In this state, our experience and vision of God is distorted at best and more often wrong altogether. We have all sought to fix this problem. We've pursued healing, both for themselves and the rest of the world, seeking to restore our view of God and rediscover a pure vision of his love. And some have done great work. Some mirrors have moved back toward their true shape decidedly. Trouble is, even if some mirror somewhere could reach full restoration -- and none yet have -- what benefit is it to insert a few true mirrors into the circus funhouse of distortion that is our world? Once reflection becomes as bent as it is here, no amount of true reflection can unbend the light. Truth is, we need something more than better mirrors. We need the light source himself. Reflection will not do here. We must have flesh and blood.


CALL TO WORSHIP

Our father is here with us this morning. His hands are upon us.
He delights in us, his children, for he formed our souls and our bodies and he knows our innermost thoughts. 

In waking or sleeping the Lord is with us.
In light and darkness the Lord is with us. 

Throughout the heavens and the earth the Lord seeks out his people and draws near to them. Each new morning he lifts up each one of our souls in love and goodness and offers us his grace & mercy.
This morning we lift our hands and praise our Father, for he knows every thought and every part of us and continues to pour out his love upon us. 

He has gone out before us and delivered us from death and now leads us into eternity with him.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of our salvation.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Father, today we confess our ignorance to your Spirit and our disbelief in your promises.
We long to feel known and wanted, but we do not seek out your presence. Instead, we turn to things that can numb our pain and satisfy our immediate desires. 

We read in your word that only our creator can meet us in our darkest places and heal our souls, but our hearts are too hardened to seek your face and enter into communion with you.
Search us this morning, Lord, and do not hide your face from us. Break our hearts with the knowledge of who you are and the love and salvation you extend to us daily. 

The Lord our God draws near to us in our time of need. He rescues us from our selfish ways and covers our sin with his everlasting grace.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of our salvation. Let us sing to him and praise him for the work he has done and continues to do. 

Today and for the rest of our days, we will dwell in the house of the Lord.