"Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults."
We've arrived at Psalm 19, in which the psalmist offers an extended comparison of the sun in the heavens to the law of the Lord in the soul of man. Just as the sun reveals what is hidden, the psalmist asks God to reveal and remove his hidden faults. Just as the heavens and sun "proclaim his handiwork" and "pour forth speech," the law of the Lord offers to be God's everlasting speech in the soul of man, warning him and rewarding him through its enlightenment.
One ancillary insight was particularly interesting to me: that without its "sun," the soul of man is dark, even to itself. It cannot see even its sins properly, as they make war on it and injure it. This darkness is fearful to me, because it suggests that I'm even worse off than I think I am, but it's also incredibly hopeful, insofar as it brings God's grace even into the parts of my life that feel dirtiest. He is gracious to see my sin and teach me about it in just the same way that he is gracious to forgive my sin and cleanse me. God wants to be with me in every part of my shame and guilt, and the heat of his love will bring me into the light.
- Is God's revelation the sun of your soul? What would it mean to treasure it like you treasure the sun?
- Are you willing to let God reveal your sins to you, so that you can be healed?
Read the whole Psalm at the bottom of this update
Wheatstone's requests and praises:
THE ACADEMY CAMPS
Sponsorship Campaign - This week, we are going to try to raise $4000 to gain some exciting matching pledges. Please pray for favor with our community, and therefore for a successful gain of $8000 in the next seven days for students with financial need.
Summer Camp Registration - We're a little behind on our registration goals. Pray that God would fill the camp with students and leaders who need its ministry, and tell your friends! Please pray specifically that God would send more Leaders to attend the Leaders Track.
Event Confirmations - We're having some difficulty nailing down two key performances during the camp week. Pray for wisdom as we decide whether to see a specific play, and favor with the bands we're courting for our mid-week concert.
Peter and Lisa - We continue to run Wheatstone while understaffed. Pray for energy, health, and wisdom for the two full-timers as we work hard to stay faithful to our mission and fruitful in our goals.
Website Overhaul - Our current website is rapidly becoming obsolete due to old technology, and we're working to transfer to a new base of code. Pray that we'd get the update done in time for summer camp!
Rebrand - As a side effect of the website change, we're tweaking our branding for better mobile compatibility and a clearer representation of our current structure. Pray that we'd be able to execute all the changes, even with our smaller staff.
CHRISTIAN ADULTHOOD TRAININGS
Fall Trainings - Pray that God would continue to fill up our fall calendar with these vital events for new school and church partners!
New 2017 Benefactors - We need to find additional benefactors this year in order to grow. Pray that God would bring a few friends along who want to make Christian adulthood ministry part of their legacy.
New 2017 Monthly Givers - We're behind our goal to cover all fixed costs with Monthly Gifts. Pray that God would bring a new community of friends to give a little bit to Wheatstone every month, forming a more secure foundation for Christian adulthood ministry.
This Week's Psalm
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
the rules of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.