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The Upper Room Devotion for Thursday, Feburary 8, 2024, was written by Avery Ochs of Texas.



1 The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. 2 Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. 3 There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; 4 yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun, 5 which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy. 6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat. 7 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple; 8 the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes; 9 the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb. 11 Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. 12 But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults. 13 Keep back your servant also from the insolent; do not let them have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression. 14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 19:1-14 NRSV


Author's Thoughts

I recently went camping with friends. As I sat in front of the campfire, my legs warm and aglow from the flames, I looked up at the array of stars speckling the night sky. Having been in the city for a long time, I hadn't seen stars so clearly in years. It pulled me back to the many memories I have of sitting under a night sky, feeling the vastness of creation. And like the writer of Psalm 19, I knew in that moment that God was good because I was experiencing the goodness of God's handiwork.

All weekend as we hiked, swam, and enjoyed the outdoors, I could sense the fine detail God has woven into creation. I remembered how nature affects our entire being and involves all our senses. I think God made nature all-encompassing so that it would command our attention. Psalm 19:4-6 talks about how the sun's heat affects every part of the earth as it circles the sky. In the same way, God's love affects every part of us as we live every day in God's presence.


Pastor Anthony's Thoughts


Here, in Michigan, the winter months often find us navigating snow and ice. Dreary days, without the appearance of the sun, can lead some to a seasonal sadness. Yet, the snowy days also provide us the opportunity to view the varied glory of creation. Winter is just one of the four seasons we experience, and all four seasons highlight a different aspect of creation. Avery's reflection reminds us to pause in awe of the beauty of creation, leading us to appreciate all God's handiwork. I invite you to take a few moments today to pause and notice the beauty of the world around you.


Author's Prayer

Dear God, thank you for the goodness of your creation. Help us to remember that the beauty of your creation is a reflection of your love for us. Amen.

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