Alternate Route

Alternate Route

July 19

Read: PSALM 139:1-12, 23-24

The Psalms take an alternate route to the heart of the reader. Poetry is not the Bible’s most typical writing style. But during life’s storms and hardships, it is often the Psalms that find us where we are. From the cross, Jesus himself reached for their soulful language.

Psalm 139 begins with a poetic statement of faith, celebrating the vastness and the nearness of God. It sings a big theology, as well as an intimate one. God has searched and seen everything! God knows the who, what, where, and how of the poet.

But there’s a passive note to the psalmist’s sweeping theological confession. Although rich with declarations about God, the opening verses don’t reveal much of an encounter with God. That changes when the poet says, “Search me.” It is a bold and vulnerable openness.

Claiming faith as one’s own is much more than saying true things about God. It is a decision to personally engage in a relationship with God.

Search me, God, and know my heart. AMEN

About the Author

Scott Burnett is the worship pastor at Newport Covenant Church in Bellevue, Washington. In addition to ministry and music, he teaches creativity classes at an art and faith retreat center in the Cascade Mountains called the Grünewald Guild.

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