Dispatch Two Hundred Thirty-Three

Posted: November 16, 2016 in Forty-Seventh Bundle
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PSALM 111

Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
    in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the Lord,
    studied by all who have pleasure in them.
Full of honor and majesty is his work,
    and his righteousness endures for ever.
He has caused his wonderful works to be remembered;
    the Lord is gracious and merciful.
He provides food for those who fear him;
    he is ever mindful of his covenant.
He has shown his people the power of his works,
    in giving them the heritage of the nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
    all his precepts are trustworthy,
they are established for ever and ever,
    to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to his people;
    he has commanded his covenant for ever.
    Holy and terrible is his name!
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
    a good understanding have all those who practice it.
    His praise endures for ever!

The ‘fear of the Lord’ near the end of this poem of praise to God is not about being afraid of God, unless we are willing to expand the notion to include the kind of respect and cautious attention we give to things in life that are dangerous enough to do us in, should we lose our focus or balance. Driving a car, for instance, requires what we might call a ‘fear of the road’, which means that it is wise to have the big picture, follow the law, and drive defensively if you want to reach your destination in safety.

Before the religions of modernity domesticated the Holy and began to enclose the divine inside inerrant scriptures and dogmatic orthodoxies, God was revered as the origin and end of all things, the deepest source and highest reality, encompassing yet involved energetically in the world of time. The ‘will of God’ was more than a reference to the ethical commandments; it was thought to be the providential power moving all of creation to its fulfillment.

If you want to come into the fulfillment of your own life, then you need to put yourself into alignment with God’s will. Be careful though, because if you thoughtlessly stumble off the path or intentionally leave it in pursuit of your own glory, you are likely to end up in a ditch. When you respect your place in the order of things and look for the signals of God’s will in your life, you will be given true understanding.

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