Today’s meditation is a connection of grammar and theology, fueled by Psalm 5.
Who is the first person?
Think carefully before you answer.
The first person in my life, from my own perspective, was myself. The first person, in grammar, is “I”, “me”.
The first person in existence was God — who exists in three persons. The Father is designated as the first person in the Trinity.
Psalms 5:7 NLT “Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house; I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe.”
When reading Scripture, grammar can point to insights that are not available on quick reading, but rewards for careful analysis.
I am blessed today by the first-person perspective: “*I* can enter your house”, “*I* will worship.”
Today is a day to commit to being like the psalmist — dear God, thank you for the reminder that my life should not be bound up with events and occurrences from the outside, but should reflect a choice that *I* make, to enter your house and worship.
Who is the second person?
That depends… who am I talking to?
Currently, I am talking to you, dear reader. Welcome.
Who is the psalmist talking to? Amazing… talking to God. Prayer is such a privilege and a lifeline to what really matters. How often I am distressed by the obvious, and neglect the real and true — “Oh, what peace we often forfeit; oh, what needless pain we bear — all because we do not carry/ Everything to God in prayer.”
“Because of *your* unfailing love, I can enter *your* house; I will worship at *your* Temple with deepest awe.”
Today is a day to commit to being like the psalmist — person-to-person communication to our Lord and our Creator.
Our source of life is found in God — it is His love that opens the way to His house, and I worship Him at His Temple. The remainder of Psalm 5 explains and develops this relationship of dependence and fulfillment, as I bring my requests to God.
Dear God, thank you for the blessing of second-person communion. You are not distant; You are here.
And also, the second person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ the Son, has made the way for us to come to the Father, and say, “Hallowed be *Your* name.”
This verse in Psalm 5 does not have the third person of grammar — but yes, the Third Person, the Holy Spirit, is unseen in the background, always working to honor the Father and the Son, connecting my heart and mind and soul to the Triune God.
Dear God, thank you for blessing me today with grammar, and with the trinitarian presence that welcomes me to enter Your house and worship at Your temple.