Tuesday, August 24, 2010

God Everywhere: Psalms and Creation

I greet you simultaneously speaking Peace and >{} reverencing Christ in you by bowing with hands clasped together.

The Rule tells us "God is everywhere." (RB 19). And so in relation especially to The Work of God. Why? And somewhat so sternly? Rule 19 is about reverence. About paying attention. All of heaven and earth are present with us: Holy, holy, holy; heaven and earth are full of Your glory.

The Psalms lead us into attentiveness if said or sung slowly and reflectively in the same manner of well-worn rosary beads. Many days, I wake up to birds singing. I give thanks to God for their song. And take their song as their own praise in the midst of their own daily lives to which we are privy to so little. So many peoples and nations the four-legged, winged, crawling, and finned. The Psalms invite us into a universe at praise of the One Who dwells with us and pitches tent among us (see John and Hebrews and Revelation):
Wisdom, you have made your home with us
from one generation to the next,
Before the mountains rose from the sea,
or the land and the earth were formed,
from age to age you are God. (Psalm 90)
These days I sometimes pray the Beginning of the Day with,
Sustain us, O God, for our refuge is in you.
The words come from Psalm 121. We are in God. You cannot pray the Psalms and not find a more connected relationship with all living beings, indeed, all that exists. Even the rocks shout out. As a child, I had a few rock friends on my shelves. I talked to them as if they were animate. In their own way, they do praise. Recovery of a worldview basted in God's love, soaked in God's presence, reenchantment need not take great volumes, just a few songs. For God's praises are everywhere sung, not just by human words in song and chant and speech, but by tweets and meows, slithers and barks:
Let the sea make a noise and all that is in it,
the lands and those who dwell therein.

Let the rivers clap their hands,
and let the hills ring out joy before One Who Is. (Psalm 98)

Praise I AM from the earth,
you sea creatures and the depths;

Fire and hail, snow and fog,
tempestuous wind, doing God's will;

Mountains and hills,
fruit trees and all cedars;

Wild creatures and domesticated,
creeping beings and winged ones.

Let these praise the Name: One Who Is,
for the Name alone is glorified,
Whose grandeur fills heaven and earth.
(Psalm 148)

So many happy voices, so much more to nature "red in tooth and claw."


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