The Earth’s Fullness

Psalm 33:1-6

“​1 Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous.
Praise befits the upright.
2 Praise the LORD with the lyre;
make melody to him with the harp of ten strings.
3 Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.
4 For the word of the LORD is upright,
and all his work is done in faithfulness.
5 He loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.
6 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
and all their host by the breath of his mouth.
7 He gathered the waters of the sea as in a bottle;
he put the deeps in storehouses.
8 Let all the earth fear the LORD;
let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
9 For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.”  NRSV

“the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD,” so writes the Psalmist in verse 5b. For this to be true, as I believe it is, the earth, the whole cosmos, would have to be “of God.” Everything that is would have to come from the very essence of God, which is love. God’s DNA, steadfast love, is woven into the very fabric of all creation.

We are created to love, to build communities of love from which God’s justice and righteousness flow. Humanity’s  unique ability to discern, to assess the consequences of our actions as part of the discernment process, were given to us as a reflection of God and God’s love. That’s what it means to be “created in God’s image.” We came into being with these unique gifts so that God could look at us and see God’s own reflection in the hearts, minds, and actions in the human creatures God created.

It’s certainly up for debate, but I don’t believe God anticipated the intoxicating power that freewill, the ability to choose, has had on humankind. Instead of rising to the heights of our calling we too often choose to act just like all the other animals God created. Survival of the fittest was never meant to be a prized human attribute. It was the lowest common denominator of humankind, nothing more. We elevated it to an art form, forgetting that humankind, when living into the high ideals of our creation, is the true art form of God’s creative spirit.

Among the may other things Jesus accomplished, reminding us of our calling to those high ideals was certainly a significant part of his journey among us.

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