ON TODAY'S SITE:
Book of Psalms, Tzvi Freeman, Johnson Oatman, Jr.
Okay, nobody's perfect. And that's okay...because today's psalm is a lyrical
poem describing the perfection of the Lord.
Please notice how this writer pro-
claims the Lord's righteousness and then gleefully delineates its wondrous
effect on man, i.e., "The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart."
Every beat of his heavenly Heart resonates upon our souls, in our minds and
in the very molecules of our bodies. His law is sweeter than honey and more
desirable than gold. When we feel out of sorts and the world looks ugly, it's
time to focus the thoughts of our heart on Him. His statutes, His laws, pre-
commands and decrees draw us back into the light of joy. We are
enlightened and redeemed and we bring a little more of heaven to earth.
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The heavens declare the glory of God;
the sky proclaims its builder's craft.
The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The decree of the Lord is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart.
The command of the Lord is clear,
enlightening the eye.
The statutes of the Lord are true,
all of them just.
More desirable than gold,
than a hoard of purest gold,
Sweeter also than honey
or drippings from the comb.
By them your servant is instructed;
obeying them brings much reward.
Let the words of my mouth meet with your favor,
keep the thoughts of my heart before you,
Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Psalm 19:1, 8-12, 15
New American Bible
If you see what needs to be repaired and how to repair it,
then you have found a piece of the world that G-d has
left for you to complete.
But if you only see what is wrong and how ugly it is,
then it is you yourself that needs repair.
Based on the wisdom of Rebbe Menachem Schneerson
Courtesy of Chabad.org
The Last Word:
Count your blessings;
name them one by one.
Count your blessings,
see what God has done!
Johnson Oatman, Jr.
Random Bonus Quote:
Drink from the presence of saints,
not from those other jars.
Persian theologian and poet
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