July 19, 2101

The Daily Lectionary is here

Psa. 145Horse and colt at Assateague by Ami 8

This Psalm begging with timeless (forever and ever) praise to the transcendant, unsearchably great God, YHWH

1 I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.
2 Every day I will bless you, and praise your name forever and ever.
3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; his greatness is unsearchable.

The words used to describe the LORD are all superlatives of Divinity:

Splendor, majesty, awesome, greatness,

4   One generation shall laud your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.
5 On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
6 The might of your awesome deeds shall be proclaimed, and I will declare your greatness.

But then there is a subtle shift as the descriptions merge toward God’s moral characteristics, “goodness, righteousness” and deftly they imply his moral nature in relation to his human creations which the community celebrates in worship:

7 They shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness, and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

Then comes the full-fledged confession of the essential character of YHWH, the confession repeated so many times in the OT:

The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

Moral goodness and Creator status go hand in hand, and become universally reliable:

9 The LORD is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.

People take their place along side nature – plants, animals, seas and skies as “all” of the “works” of the creator give him thanks and experience his faithfulness:

10   All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your faithful shall bless you.

Do we slide into political implications next?  Who is in charge here?

11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom, and tell of your power,

12 to make known to all people your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations.

So it is not enough to say that the LORD was in charge, back at creation.  YHWH is now still on the throne of his kingdom – on display everywhere around us in glorious, powerful “works”.

Our place in the universe is to take up our place along side the rest of creation in acknowledging its origin, source, and King, and giving glory where glory is due.


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