The divine calm
Taking a break from questions to share some inspiration from yesterday.
I’m reading Psalms again, straight through, one per day, like I did last year. Yesterday’s was Psalm 29, which has these verses:
The voice of the Lord is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the Lord is upon many waters.
The Lord sitteth upon the flood; yea, the Lord sitteth King for ever.
I’ve written before about visions I’ve had. (Here’s one.) In these visions, I’m often thrown into water or submerged in water or treading water. Water has come to symbolize fear to me in these little mini-stories that pack strong spiritual messages. By the end, I’ve always overcome the risks of being overwhelmed by the water and am in a safe place.
So I read these passages from Psalm 29 with new eyes yesterday. “The Lord sitteth upon the flood.” I loved that. He’s sitting on the flood of my fear. When I was a kid, that was a prime insult to throw around—“Sit on it!” (Does anyone else remember that?) When you sit on something, you keep it from moving, you immobilize it. Divine Love makes fear powerless. A powerless flood is no flood at all.
The image of “the voice of the Lord” sweeping over the waters, thundering over the confusion and calming it, is also very comforting to me today. God’s voice is like a perfect harmonic that works on chaotic upheaval to organize and smooth it. It resonates and brings everything into harmony with it. It is music that transforms the jagged and tempestuous into the calm, glasslike surface of peace.
One of my first postings almost two years ago was the Litany against Fear from Dune. Fear can come like a wave and make us feel we’re drowning in it. But God is there, on the surface, calming and sustaining. We can take a deep breath of that calm and get through it.
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