Sunday, May 22, 2016

When He Established the Heavens

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
O Lord, our God, how excellent,
how glorious is your Name.
Your majesty surrounds the earth,
and children sing your fame.
 —Psalm 8:1-2
Suggested tune: Winchester Old (CM)

When he established the heavens, I was there, when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep, when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth, then I was beside him, like a master worker; and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the human race.
—Proverbs 8:27-31
For human affairs to be conducted wisely, freedom and form, love and limits, vital life and cosmic law have to be balanced. Very often in history, the rich and powerful have identified the cultural status quo, which serves them well, with the will of God and the order of creation. So the culturally specific, the culturally relative, and even things unjust have been preached as the very word of God or the structure of the world. Cosmic thinking has often served to defend a tyrannical status quo. Sinful, relative human order is too often identified with divine order, from which we can learn. We sometimes gain a sense of how things out to be from critical assessment of what is.

To conclude from the imperfection and relativity of human responses that there is no cosmic order for behavior can be disastrous... Any reformation of a status quo needs a higher, stable standard by which to judge it and the changes advocated by the proponents of reformation or revolution, lest new evil replace old evil. The difficult human task is collectively to recognize those genuine boundaries and reality principles that are non-negotiable givens, so that true human freedom and the goods of creation may be preserved.
 —Raymon C. Van Leeuwen
Help me, O God, to be part of my community's process of discerning what is right with the world and what is wrong, never misidentifying what is with what must be, and never advocating change for its own sake; in Jesus' Name...
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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