Daily Devotion – March 1, 2018

Psalm 19:1-6


The heavens declare the glory of God;

    the skies proclaim the work of God’s hands.

Day after day they pour forth speech;

    night after night they reveal knowledge.

They have no speech, they use no words;

    no sound is heard from them.

Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,

    their words to the ends of the world.

In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.

It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,

    like a champion rejoicing to run his course.

It rises at one end of the heavens

    and makes its circuit to the other;

    nothing is deprived of its warmth.


Reflection by Ellen Green


The Book of Common Prayer’s morning devotion begins with the prayer, “Lord, open my lips and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.”


When I’m not following along with a devotion my lips and my mind are usually quiet during prayer. A lot of times I just feel lost for words. Because of this I have the sheepish feeling that I should be “better” at prayer. But this psalm makes silence seem elemental and powerful: “They have no speech, they use no words…


Yet their voice goes out into all the earth”! The sun, the moon, the stars, and the open sky don’t speak—but they do communicate. There is a fullness to their existence. Silence isn’t an absence of content and meaning. It’s a special type of communication that we aren’t often attuned to.


Whether we feel pure gratitude and joy or we experience inner turmoil, putting those feelings into words can renew our hope in the redemption and flourishing that God desires for our world. And when words fail us it’s possible to sense in silence that our existence is a work of God and that our God continues to move in and through us.




Instead of reading a prayer today I hope you’ll take a moment to savor silence, knowing that God is with you.






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