Imago Scriptura 74 – Psalm 1-3 – Sanctuary

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This was my sanctuary for worship this morning. It is Sunday morning and we are heading from North Dakota back down to South Dakota for several days of camping. My morning started at 4:30am heading to an overlook at the entrance to Teddy Roosevelt National Park for the sunrise. It was a stunning morning as the sun was rising in the east while there were thunderclouds churning in the west. As I was driving up, there was lightning flashing and deep purple-grey clouds. The clouds were moving in toward where I was. As I pulled into the overlook I was also greeted with a massive buffalo just munching on the grass in the middle of the parking area. It could not have been a better way to start this day. After taking a bunch of shots of the early sunrise, I read from Psalm 1-3 today and was drawn especially to the center of Psalm 3 –

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me,

my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.

I cry aloud to the Lord,

and he answers me from his holy hill.

I lie down and sleep;

I wake again, for the Lord sustains me.

The big sky of this country reminds me of the awe-some-ness of God – Its hard to feel big and important when the horizon stretches for miles in every direction and the sky is overwhelming in its power and beauty. We spoke with the kids as we hit the road later in the morning about how these moments remind us that, no matter what is happening in the world, there is beauty to behold, wonder to experience, and awe to feel.  The Lord is always in his temple and always able to be beheld.  The fingerprints of God were all around this morning.  

There were two songs that I kept playing over and over this morning – “Wonder”, by Gungor and “Calling out your Name” by Rich Mullins. Lyrics follow. I cannot say it any better than they…

Wonder – Gungor

Once I had wings and I flew
In a sky that was coloured in pink and pattered in blue
There I could see it all clear
On that magical sphere all the lost looking for something else to appear

Wonder can you see it
Keep believing
There is wonder in it

Wonder feel the wonder and remember there is wonder in it all

Calling Out Your Name – Rich Mullins

Well the moon moved past Nebraska
And spilled laughter on them cold Dakota Hills
And angels danced on Jacob’s stairs
Yeah, they danced on Jacob’s stairs

There is this silence in the Badlands
And over Kansas the whole universe was stilled
By the whisper of a prayer
The whisper of a prayer

And a single hawk bursts into flight
And in the east the whole horizon is in flames
I feel thunder in the sky
I see the sky about to rain
And I hear the prairies calling out Your name

I can feel the earth tremble
Beneath the rumbling of the buffalo hooves
And the fury in the pheasant’s wings
And there’s fury in a pheasant’s wings

And it tells me the Lord is in His temple
And there is still a faith that can make the mountains move
And a love that can make the heavens ring
And I’ve seen love make heaven ring

Where the sacred rivers meet
Beneath the shadow of the Keeper of the plains
I feel thunder in the sky
I see the sky about to rain
And I hear the prairies calling out Your name

From the place where morning gathers
You can look sometimes forever ’til you see
What time may never know
What time may never know

How the Lord takes by its corners this old world
And shakes us forward and shakes us free
To run wild with the hope
To run wild with the hope

The hope that this thirst will not last long
That it will soon drown in a song not sung in vain
And I feel thunder in the sky
I see the sky about to rain
And I hear the prairies calling out Your name

And I know this thirst will not last long
That it will soon drown in the song not sung in vain
I feel thunder in the sky
I see the sky about to rain
And with the prairies I am calling out Your name

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