Seventh Sunday of Easter: The Psalm Passage – The Diversity of the Divine [in scripture, comments & pictures]

The LORD is king! Let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad!

Clouds and thick darkness are all around him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.


Fire goes before him, and consumes his adversaries on every side.”

[The psalms contain paradoxes that are best understood when seeing visuals. These three pictures, I think, perfectly suit each verse. But as you can see, the images show different aspects of nature. Is this because nature and the attributes of nature are so diverse? Or because the Divine is so diverse? Perhaps, beloved reader it is both. ]

His lightnings light up the world; the earth sees and trembles.
The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his righteousness; and all the peoples behold his glory.”

[I could find visuals for each of these verses; I am sure in your mind’s eye you can envision images too. The diversity of the Lord is found in nature. But, beloved reader, it is also within humanity. Not, however, the dark and wicked part of humanity. That comes from the evil one, and whose influence threatens our relationship with the Divine and each other. ]

“All worshipers of images are put to shame,
those who make their boast in worthless idols;
all gods bow down before him.”

 

 

Zion hears and is glad, and the towns of Judah rejoice, because of your judgments, O God.
For you, O LORD, are most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods.
The LORD loves those who hate evil; he guards the lives of his faithful;

he rescues them from the hand of the wicked.”

 

 

Light dawns for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart.
Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name! (Psalm 97)

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