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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Fourth Sunday of Easter: The Psalm Passage – Snaps from my life embedded in Psalm 23

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

 

 

 

 

 

 

He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.

 

 

 

 

 

 

He leads me in right
paths for his name’s sake.    

  

 

 

 

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil;
for you are with me; your rod and your staff– they comfort me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long. (Psalm 23)

Season After Pentecost (Proper 24[29]) – The Psalm Passage: The Pictorial Ways of the Lord God Jesus Christ

Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, you are very great.
You are clothed with honor and majesty, wrapped in light as with a garment.

You stretch out the heavens like a tent, you set the beams of your chambers on the waters, you make the clouds your chariot, you ride on the wings of the wind, you make the winds your messengers, fire and flame your ministers.

 

You set the earth on its foundations, so that it shall never be shaken.
You cover it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.

At your rebuke they flee; at the sound of your thunder they take to flight.
They rose up to the mountains, ran down to the valleys to the place that you appointed for them.
You set a boundary that they may not pass, so that they might not again cover the earth.

O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Praise the LORD! “ ( Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c)

 

Third Sunday of Lent: The Psalm Passage – Psalm 19: As envisioned through the lens of nature

“The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy.”

 

“Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat.”

 

 

‘The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the LORD are sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.”

 

More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.”

 

 

But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults. Keep back your servant also from the insolent; do not let them have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.”

 

 

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”

Season after Pentecost (Proper 22 [27]): The Psalms Passage – Psalm 19 in pictures

The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.

In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat.

The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul;  the decrees of the LORD are sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

 

 

But who can detect their errors?
Clear me from hidden faults.

 

 

 

 

Keep back your servant also from the insolent;
do not let them have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to you,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. (Psalm 19)

Season after Pentecost (Proper 6 [11]) : The Psalms Passage – Psalm 100 Embedded in Nature

Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth.”

Worship the LORD with gladness; come into his presence with singing.”

Know that the LORD is God. It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.”

For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.” (Psalm 100)

Season After Pentecost: The Psalms Passage – A Pictorial Procession

The mighty one, God the Lord,
speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to its setting.

Setting of the sun

Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.

Devouring fire

Our God comes and does not keep silence, before him is a devouring fire, and a mighty tempest all around him.

Calling to the heavens above

He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that he may judge his people:
“Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”
The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge. Selah

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Hear, O my people, and I will speak, O Israel, I will testify against you.
I am God, your God. Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you; your burnt offerings are continually before me.” (Psalms 50:1-8)

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Mark this, then, you who forget God, or I will tear you apart, and there will be no one to deliver.
Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor me; to those who go the right way
I will show the salvation of God.”  (Verses 22-23)