Sunday Devotional

Note to readers:

When I first published this post, I had a pic of an olive tree surrounded by tulips — a photo taken by Josie Elias which was the Grand Prize winner of the 2012 Royal Horticultural Society Photographic Competition. Although the image was posted here with full credit, it is now  removed because of an email from RHS Images Manager Carol Sheppard that “neither the RHS nor the photographer, Josie Elias, has authorised the use of this image on your website and I would kindly ask that you remove it immediately, as we do not grant permission for it to be used in this context.”

Here’s a replacement, which is just as lovely, courtesy of Scene Reflections:

Olive tree

Psalm 30

I praise you, Lord, for you raised me up
and did not let my enemies rejoice over me.
O Lord, my God,
I cried out to you and you healed me.
Lord, you brought me up from Sheol;
you kept me from going down to the pit.

Sing praise to the Lord, you faithful;
give thanks to God’s holy name.
For divine anger lasts but a moment;
divine favor lasts a lifetime.
At dusk weeping comes for the night;
but at dawn there is rejoicing.

Complacent, I once said,
“I shall never be shaken.”
Lord, when you showed me favor
I stood like the mighty mountains.
But when you hid your face
I was struck with terror.
To you, Lord, I cried out;
with the Lord I pleaded for mercy:
“What gain is there from my lifeblood,
from my going down to the grave?
Does dust give you thanks
or declare your faithfulness?
Hear, O Lord, have mercy on me;
Lord, be my helper.”

You changed my mourning into dancing;
you took off my sackcloth
and clothed me with gladness.
With my whole being I sing
endless praise to you.
O Lord, my God,
forever will I give you thanks.

~Eowyn

8 responses to “Sunday Devotional

  1. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for the gorgeous picture and for setting forth Psalm 30, all about conversion, God’s mercy and transformation. This citation is particularly appropriate since the Gospel today is about the Transfiguration of Jesus.

  2. Perfectly Prophetic Psalm… for everyone ever birthed on this planet, including the Lord Jesus who walked among us.  Who cannot relate to its words!? (maybe only the youngins’ who have not yet lived long enough & who are mercifully blinded to the travails of life ahead!)

    And the photo, just wow!  Worthy of an award, indeed:  Perfect Biblical combo, olive tree + tulips-of-the-lily-family:

    “The word Tulip is thought to be a corruption of the Turkish word ‘tulbend’ for turban. [Ha! Who knew that!?] The Tulip was introduced by a famous Austrian biologist Carolus Clusius. Tulip plants belong to the genus Tulipa, in the lily family, Liliaceae”:
    http://www.theflowerexpert.com/content/aboutflowers/exoticflowers/tulips

    “Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” — Luke 12:27

    “But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.” — Psalms 52:8

    ***

    • Thank you, TPR, for the two perfect quotes!

      • You’re welcome.  You find a lot of neat things to post!

        I was thinking about that Luke 12 verse, & thinking maybe the Lord said that about the lilies being arrayed in greater glory than Solomon was because He himself spent extra time & thought & consideration “hand crafting” the design of the lily… Imagining a “craftsman at his work bench” kind of thing, saying:

        “Let’s make lilies in all the colors of men, & put some fun dots on that one, & some brush-strokes on that one, & have 6 tepals each [for the number of mankind] but which are separate [individuals] from each other, which spread [in praise] & reflex [in submission], with the nectary at the base [of their feet: Romans 10:15; Isaiah 52:7], but the ovary “borne [from] above” [John 3:3-YLT]; & last but not least, with a 3-celled fruit for Father, Son, Holy Spirit; & of course we have to have a “trumpet” model for the sound of my voice!” [Rev. 1:10; 4:1].” :)

        From wiki, who has almost 100 photos! at this entry for lilies, wow:
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilium
        “The flowers are large, often fragrant, and come in a range of colours including whites, yellows, oranges, pinks, reds and purples. Markings include spots and brush strokes … with six tepals spreading or reflexed … The tepals are free from each other, and bear a nectary at the base of each flower. The ovary is ‘superior’, borne above the point of attachment of the anthers. The fruit is a three-celled capsule.”

        And “LILIUM REGALE” = a “Trumpet-Flowered Lily” (perfect name for it, fit for the King!):
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regal_lily

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  3. yes and pray and God bless you, all of yours and bigtime our Nation against the Marxist attack upon us……………..God help us. He will hear your prayers, so do it!!!!

  4. Update:

    When I first published this post, I had a pic of an olive tree surrounded by tulips — a photo taken by Josie Elias which was the Grand Prize winner of the 2012 Royal Horticultural Society Photographic Competition. Although the image was posted here with full credit, it is now removed because of an email from RHS Images Manager Carol Sheppard that “neither the RHS nor the photographer, Josie Elias, has authorised the use of this image on your website and I would kindly ask that you remove it immediately, as we do not grant permission for it to be used in this context.”

    Scroll up to see the replacement, which is just as lovely, courtesy of Scene Reflections.

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