“Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” vss. 1-2
The psalmist’s sense of God was deep and profound, far beyond the silly notions we hear bandied about in our time. There is no hint that he pictured the Divine as anything other than the “ground of all being.” Even before there was a universe there was God, the Source of all that is and all that is to come. While we might like a more concise or concrete definition, somehow it gives comfort to know that God’s existence is not dependent on human knowledge or experience. All things have their origin in God and ultimately all things find their destiny in God. Some thousands of years ago humans began to develop a God consciousness–some became channels of God’s essence and testified to the extravagant benevolence of the Divine. We began to understand that love is at the core of the Divine and that all existence bears the stamp of goodness. With that consciousness came a recognition that we are to reflect that love and goodness in all our interactions and connections. Unfortunately humans have often squandered their divine birthright in unending struggles for power and control. At times prophets have been disheartened by our behavior and doubted that love would ever triumph. But God, our dwelling place, has the last word, and that word will always be love!
Thought for the Day: What makes me believe that God is love?