Beyond Description

“Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, you are very great. You are clothed with honor and majesty, wrapped in light as with a garment.” [Psalm 104:1-2a]

The image of “wrapped in light” caught my attention as I read this passage.  Jesus’ transfiguration immediately came to mind, “His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.” I also found myself in a darkened room draw to a solitary candle flame. The God whom we worship is beyond description, even as the psalmist attempts to paint a word picture of God’s indescribable luminosity. What is the most majestic thing your eyes have ever beheld? When your breath was taken away and your heart skipped a beat?  Was it the grandeur of the roaring cascades of Niagara Falls or delicate blossoms with sparkling dew drops dancing as rain clouds parted? Was it the first time you saw the Milky Way spread across the pitch-black sky or when you held a precious new life for the first time. Words at times fail us. The only adequate response to the majesty is sheer awe. I wonder if our 24/7 wired world has reduced our capacity for awe? What will it take for us to be awed into silence? “O Lord my God, you are very great!”

Prayer

“Bless the Lord, O my soul.” Bless God’s holy name. Your transcendence is more than words can describe. Yet, you are also immanent, as close as my breath.  I marvel at your majesty as well as your gift of intimacy. Thank you for being mindful of me this day. Receive my offering of blessings and praise. Amen.

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