MAJESTY AND GLORY

Psalm 8 — New Revised Standard Version

O Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
to silence the enemy and the avenger.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
mortals that you care for them?
Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under their feet,
all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

GLORY

Majesty & Glory

For those of us old
enough to have been alive,
and to have survived,
the McCarthy Era,
or what has also been described
as The Great Fear,
and the years of rebellion
and chaos that followed,
what is now happening in our nation
seems uncomfortably
too familiar,
and I think,
Where is the Majesty and Glory
of our God?
Where can it possibly be?
Where can it be?
Today’s reading seems
trite and pale,
and like a poor substitute
for what I sense
I need this morning as
I pray with clenched teeth.
My heart feels bruised.
My soul feels a sense of betrayal.
And yet we are called on to praise
a God
that I vaguely sense
may have let us all down…
I am just a little grumpy
about that,
you know?
And I wonder,
Glory and Majesty, God?
Isn’t it really just tinsel and glitter—smoke and mirrors?
There are two celebrations
this week that might be
relevant for my struggle:
today is World Communion Sunday,
and Thursday, the 4th was the Feast of St Francis of Assisi.
Both are pertinent to our own time.
St Francis stood
against the prevailing social structure
of his own time.
He stripped naked
in a public square
to visibly
reject the structural sin
of both culture and church.
His actions
healed both church and culture
for a time.
World Communion Sunday
is a call to Christian unity.
It, as did Francis,
calls us to come together
in love and unity,
to live out the values of the one
we know as Jesus,
and call our Christ.
Economic warfare,
culture warfare,
class warfare,
live fire-fights,
governmental choices
that steal both life and dignity
from the least
of the world’s least
cannot prevent
this God-of-majesty-and-glory,
who for some strange reason
known only to this God,
will work only through us,
God’s people.
This God will overcome
yet one more time
the assault on God’s bulwarks,
and God’s enemies
will yet one more time be silenced.
I’m tired,
I’ve been here before,
yet one more time,
I choose praise
over despair
and hope over doubt,
and because I do,
I also chose to stand
and to speak and to act,
and to not give up.

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