Sermon Leftovers #7: The Psalm 19 Challenge

Do you remember Show & Tell at school?

It was basically a chance to SHOW off and TELL everyone how awesome you are.

The best Show & Tell was something that everyone got to touch or take home with them: ice cream sandwiches, marbles, petting your rabbit – those were cool.

Honestly, nobody cared about the kitten sweater that your grandma made for you or that you’re “starting to get good at playing the recorder.”

Psalm 19 is God’s version of Show & Tell – it’s God on display through the world He created and the Word He recorded. The best part is, just like the best Show & Tell, we can take it home with us!

When I taught Psalm 19 last Wednesday, at the end, I issued The Psalm 19 Challenge. It has 2 parts:

1) Spend 15 minutes enjoying God through NATURAL REVELATION (creation/nature).

We all have at least 15 minutes that we can spend enjoying the sights and sounds of God’s creation. After all, “God’s glory is on tour in the skies…” (Psalm 19:1 – The Message). His fingerprints are everywhere you look. I challenge you to do this. Find some time somewhere in the busy-ness of life to separate yourself from technology and all distractions, and just take it all in. If you need an extra challenge, try counting the stars. When you can’t count any more, stop and think that not only does God know exactly how many there are, but He created them, knows them by name, and hold them in place!

2) Spend some time every day for the next 7 days enjoying God through SPECIFIC REVELATION (your Bible).

The world is a great, generic way that God reveals Himself to us, but the Word is a much more specific way. He lays out His plan and His love for each of us in a 66-volume masterpiece called “The Bible.” Most books that you read, you’ll never talk to the author, but the Bible is different – you have a direct line of communication with its Author. So, ask God to speak to you through it.

My prayer this week has been that people would experience God in a whole new way as they enjoy Him in these 2 ways. I also pray that our response to Him would be like David’s was in the closing verses of Psalm 19: repentance and obedience.

So, have you taken The Psalm 19 Challenge? I’d love to hear your thoughts…

Advertisements

5 thoughts on “Sermon Leftovers #7: The Psalm 19 Challenge

  1. God Bless you for listening to Him and following His plan for your life. This week I saw the flowers planted outside my doctor’s office where I have been to every week. They have been there a while but I never stopped to notice them or thank God for them until this week. His wonderful works are around us to bless us if we take the time to see. God has led me to give Him a blog at http://mytestimony.wordpress.com. Spread the word.
    PS. Sorry for the ugly face on the “You like this post”. If I knew how to change it I would!!!

  2. […] Sermon Leftovers #7: The Psalm 19 Challenge (via Kevin Miller) Kevin Miller helps us remember to “Stop and smell the Roses”. God’s wonderful works surround us if we take the time to see. Enjoy life with God and let his wonderful power surround your heart, mind and soul. Do you remember Show & Tell at school? It was basically a chance to SHOW off and TELL everyone how awesome you are. The best Show & Tell was something that everyone got to touch or take home with them: ice cream sandwiches, marbles, petting your rabbit – those were cool. Honestly, nobody cared about the kitten sweater that your grandma made for you or that you're "starting to get good at playing the recorder." Psalm 19 is God's version of … Read More […]

  3. I totally loved show and tell growing up. I admit there were some crappy stuff, but you got a glimpse into other peoples lives. If was something junky you could make fun of them later for it.

    I think that sometimes…another slant on the show and tell…is folks don’t show God who they are because it means telling Him all your crappy stuff.

    C

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s