Sunday, May 6, 2018
JERUSALEM IN THE BOOK OF PSALMS (XII)
“Why look ye envy, ye mountains of peaks, at the mountain God has desired for His habitation? Yea, the Lord shall dwell therein forever.”
We have said often that mountains symbolize immutable ideas, values, beliefs or principles. The higher these are, the harder to move, change or modify. In this verse we see a comparison between all kinds of them to the one that represents God’s ruling principle for His creation.
Envy is what we feel when something or someone else has what we desire the most. The only remedy for it is to be or become what we covet. Not to have what we lust but to become our own object of desire.
This may sound as a narcissistic statement but it isn’t, because this is not about possessing what we desire as confessed predators of it. If we covet abundance, we have to become the source of abundance, and so on.
The mountains envy being the dwelling place of the Creator, and we understand it as the mountain or destined ruling principle to direct life in this world.
In this sense, anything that is not goodness wishes to be goodness, for it is the source of all existence. We are talking about something indeed eternal, as the second part of the verse points it out.
“Out of Your temple in Jerusalem, where kings shall bring presents to You.” (68:30)
In this particular psalm 68, we read that all that God has created is summoned to acknowledge, recognize, praise and revere Him for what He does; mountains as principles, and kings as rulers that direct our consciousness in regards to what we think and do.
Once more is reiterated that everything that we believe, value, appreciate and cherish must be inspired, sustained and nurtured by the positive ways, means and attributes of goodness as the temple where we honor and bond with our Creator with the best in us.
All these that comprise our consciousness are the “kings” that rule in what we are, have and do, and certainly are the highest offerings we elevate to the Source of goodness. In this awareness we revere Him.
“Revered is God in Your sacred places, the God of Israel. He gives strength and power to the people [of Israel]. Blessed be God.” (68:36)
God’s sacred places are His ways and attributes (Exodus 34:6-7) with which He relates to His creation, that proclaims Him as the God of Israel. As we have frequently indicated, He is the ruling principle by which the people of Israel define and manifest their identity, for in this identity they find their strength and power to make goodness prevail in this world.
From the Book's Foreword
Let's reexamine our ancestral memory, intellect, feelings, emotions and passions. Let's wake them up to our true Essence. Let us engage in the delightful awareness of Love as the Essence of G-d. The way this book is written is to reaffirm and reiterate its purpose, so it presents its message and content in a recurrent way. This is exactly its purpose, to restate the same Truth originally proclaimed by our Holy Scriptures, Prophets and Sages. Our purpose is to firmly enthrone G-d's Love in all dimensions of our consciousness, and by doing it we will fulfill His Promise that He may dwell with us on Earth forever. Let's discover together the hidden message of our ancient Scriptures and Sages. In that journey, let's realize Love as our Divine Essence, what we call in this book the revealed Light of Redemption in the Messianic era.