31 October 2010

150 (97-99)

97.  Here the psalmist speaks of being pushed along by nature to realize that righteousness fits into, is implanted into, the garden of God's desire.  "Light is sown for the righteous, gladness for the upright in heart.  Be glad in the Eternal, ye righteous:  give thanks to the remembrance of God's holiness."

People have a hard time grasping holiness but can generally relate to righteousness.  Though not too much righteousness.  Which is why "sowing light" is an interesting idea.  Because light that blooms, to push the metaphor, from the earth, creates interesting possibilities.

98.  "Do me a favor:  get out of my way."  God saves for his own sake; he is satisfied by his own work.  "His right hand and His holy arm hath wrought salvation for Him."  Really, we're pawns in the game, a realization that requires a heavy dose of humility.  Line up, do what's right, obey. 

I always think of the Mekons song, "Authority" when I encounter this aspect of my faith:  "I obey.  I am myself.  Freedom.  Power.  Authority."  In our age, certainly among liberal believers, authority is problematic.  But this hurts the cause, creating a faith predicated on too much feeling and ego and not enough humility. 

"Ashamed be all they that serve graven images.  That boast themselves of things of nought."  Really?  That's not what I see--though it would be nice if that were true.  "Bow down to Him, all ye gods."

In a way, this really is the point, which, arguably, is why religion just isn't for everyone.

99.  "The Eternal is great in Zion.  God is high above all the peoples."  I run up the back hill in Prospect Park and I'm proud of that achievement each time.  But when I run up the back hill on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, I'm really proud.  It's a bigger hill in so many ways.

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