The Beauty of Holiness


I’m having trouble referring to God as “Lord” these days, so I’m borrowing from Mechthild of Magdeburg and calling God “the Love Beyond All Love” instead.  A nod to bridal mysticism, and a gesture away from theologies of dominance.  The text comes from the 96th Psalm.  Here are verses 1-9:

Sing to the LORD a new song; *
sing to the LORD, all the whole earth.2Sing to the LORD and bless his Name; *
proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day.

Declare his glory among the nations *
and his wonders among all peoples.

For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; *
he is more to be feared than all gods.

As for all the gods of the nations, they are but idols; *
but it is the LORD who made the heavens.

Oh, the majesty and magnificence of his presence! *
Oh, the power and the splendor of his sanctuary!

Ascribe to the LORD, you families of the peoples; *
ascribe to the LORD honor and power.

Ascribe to the LORD the honor due his Name; *
bring offerings and come into his courts.

Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness; *
let the whole earth tremble before him.

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