Today’s reflection has been provided by Mrs Liz Stuart
Reading Psalm 106 verses 1 to 6
Praise the Lord!
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures for ever.
Who can utter the mighty doings of the Lord, or declare all his praise?
Happy are those who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times.
Remember me, O Lord, when you show favour to your people; help me when you deliver them; that I may see the prosperity of your chosen ones, that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation, that I may glory in your heritage.
Both we and our ancestors have sinned; we have committed iniquity, have done wickedly.
I remember some years ago being on holiday in France at the time of a solar eclipse, and going out into the garden in order to view it. Of course, there were warnings about the need for a protective lens in order to do so, and though this wasn’t necessary as it was, predictably, cloudy, nevertheless there was the moment of darkness and silence when the sun was completely covered, which made it a memorable experience. Do we get a similar sense of awe and wonder as we think of the holiness of God, and feel we need some sort of protective filter in order to approach God? One of my favourite Bible verses is 2 Corinthians 4:6, where Paul talks about ‘God’s glory shining in the face of Christ’, so perhaps this is a good place to start – to look at Jesus, his goodness, his holiness, his love, because the more we do this the more we will reflect God’s glory in our own faces and lives.
A song to listen to or join in with: When I look into your holiness https://youtu.be/jfIT3rooJWQ (Ctrl key and click on the link)
How can we begin to imagine, much less describe, your holiness, Lord God? Perhaps it is a little like gazing into the heart of a rose, seeing the petals curling round one another in a perfect spiral, deepening in shade as they approach the centre, disappearing into a suffusion of colour. And so it is with you, Lord, that the more we gaze on you, the more we become aware of your beauty, your loveliness, your purity, and your heart of love, that we are drawn deeper in awe and wonder and worship. And the more we begin to reflect your loveliness in our own lives.