August 27, 2020

Embraced by God

Human wrath serves only to praise you, when you bind the last bit of your wrath around you.
☁︎ Ps 76:10
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This is a rather odd verse at first glance, and I don't like the modern translation, because it seems to have the binding in reverse—I read the Hebrew as God surrounding the wrath, not the wrath being around God. Maybe I might interpret it this way: Human wrath shall acclaim you; you'll even embrace our fury until none of it's wasted.

To make sense of this verse, a Christian need only think of the crucifixion, the ultimate in human wrath. Nailed to a cross, the recipient of all the wrath humanity could muster was embraced by God. His death was transformed into death's defeat; the grief of the graveside became the joy of new life. Psalm 56 speaks of God putting our tears in a bottle. Thus, every last bit of evidence of human cruelty is saved until the day of transformation when hopelessness is turned to hope and death itself dies.

There is nothing I can do, Lord, that you will not surround and transform by your loving embrace. Sin is forgiven, fallen nature is lifted up, what's stagnant is renewed, weakness is made strong, and death is translated to life. Thank you that you do not leave me as I am, nor do you allow what's done to me to be the last word; through the Crucified One, who taught me to pray: Our Father...

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An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, I've served congregations in the Colombia, Puerto Rico, Europe & the US. I received a B.A. in German from the University of Louisville and learned Spanish in Bogotá. My Master of Divinity degree is from Drew University in New Jersey. I will begin my tenure as settled pastor of Pilgrim Christian Church—with dual affiliation in the UCC and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)—in late March 2019. This is my personal blog, and the opinions found herein are my own and may not reflect the views of the church I am serving.

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