Sunday, July 8, 2018
JERUSALEM IN THE BOOK OF PSALMS (XXI)
“I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all His people. In the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst Jerusalem, praise the Lord.” (Psalms 116:18-19)
Jerusalem is where we integrate through, in, with and for goodness, all levels and aspects of consciousness (“God’s people, the tribes of Israel”) with conviction and determination (“vows”).
The “courts” and the “midst” of the city of God are His ways and attributes, with which we “praise” Him by what we are and do in the material world. Living in the premises of goodness is dwelling in the house of God that is built in Jerusalem.
“I have rejoiced in those saying to me, ‘Let’s go to the house of the Lord’.” (122:1)
We can read this verse in several ways. King David is happy because of those who invite him to visit the Temple of Jerusalem. They certainly are not only his friends but also those in whom he rejoices, as his source or cause for happiness.
These are the positive traits and qualities that define goodness by their expressions in what we do for our individual and collective well being, hence the best reasons to rejoice, for they are destined to direct our lives as God’s will, which is His “house”. Going to God’s house is what the best in us does when live permanently in goodness.
“Our feet have been standing in your gates, Jerusalem!” (122:2)
Coming to Jerusalem, as well as anywhere, requires from us the full awareness and determination to move in that direction. Our feet indeed take us to where we need or want to go, but they only respond to our will. Once we stand where we want to be, it becomes our accomplishment.
The Psalmist makes the words in this verse sound as the culmination of a long journey, which is about leaving behind the negative traits and trends of ego’s fantasies and illusions, in order to commit to permanently live in the ways and attributes of goodness.
It is not an easy task, for it is an ongoing process of transforming our consciousness to redirect it in the right path. Once we complete this challenging journey we will be literally at the gates of the city of God, calling at her name to let us in and dwell in it bonding with our Creator.
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.