|Ancient of Days by William Blake (photo credit:Wikipedia).|
The Lord is king, let the earth rejoice, let all the coastlands be glad. Cloud and darkness are his raiment; his throne, justice and right. A fire prepares his path; it burns up his foes on every side. His lightnings light up the world, the earth trembles at the sight. The mountains melt like wax before the Lord of all the earth. The skies proclaim his justice; all peoples see his glory. Let those who serve idols be ashamed, those who boast of their worthless gods. All you spirits worship him. Psalm 97:1-7
According to my Divine Office app this psalm foretells worldwide salvation and that all nations will believe in Christ. One of the things that I love about praying the Divine Office is how it helps to stir up awe. Even when my personal prayer is dry, the Psalms that are prayed in the Office always lift up my heart with wonder, if even for just a moment. I cannot ponder them enough.
As our contemporary culture continues to embrace materialistic philosophical views of the world, I love being reminded, “the earth rejoices and the coastlands are glad.” I love how the phrase: ‘cloud and darkness are his raiment ‘increases my wonder for the mystery that is Our Lord. It both establishes God’s absolute authority over all, and reveals how the shabby materialistic philosophies are blind to the great transcendent dignity of man.
To reduce our humanity to biological chance goes against everything that we are naturally oriented to. The ancients pagans were much wiser than we are in our present technologically advanced age when they saw divinity in the sun, the moon and the stars. They may have missed the mark in their worship, but our lot in life with everything around us reduced to only what can be quantified and measured is so much more demeaning to our true nature. We are no less blood thirsty than those who sacrificed humans on altars to false gods -- we sacrifice our children in abortion for petty comforts.
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