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God is Judge, in Psalm 50

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Friday, August 4, 2017

JUDGE as God, Jesus

God as Judge, in Psalm 50

Have any of my readers been in a courtroom lately? I mean, close enough to watch the judge deliberate and make rulings?

Such a vivid example of tonight’s reading, from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s compilation of short writings and letters called Meditating on the Word. God has a whole lot of names, and serves as a whole lot of awesome majesty and power.

I must admit, seeing God act as stern Judge certainly would give me pause. I do not think in those terms, usually. I know I usually see God Almighty as Shepherd or Lamb, as Teacher, or as Sower of God’s seed. I realize those images are meant to be honest and serious.

However, as I have been following these particular words written in Psalm 50, I am struck by these verses. Pierced to the heart is more like it.

Bonhoeffer had several comments on God’s behalf, in reflection on Psalm 50: “The loyal followers have been sanctified through the sacrifice of the cross. Against the background of Advent, the cross comes into view. Here, in this sacrifice of God’s judgment and His loving kindness are one.” [1]

Yes, some of the Names of God are quite serious, and their description contains parts of God’s character.

Dear God, mighty Judge of humanity (and all the rest of the universe), have mercy on us. Thank You for the cross, as it stands on that hill outside Jerusalem so long ago—and still stands in the heart of God. Thank You for Jesus, the Lamb of God. And, thank You for Your gracious and merciful loving-kindness.

Dear Lord, in Your mercy, hear all of our prayers.


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[1] Meditating on the Word, Dietrich Bonhöffer, edited by David McI. Gracie. (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Cowley Publications, 2000), 65.

Centering on the Holy One

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Monday, September 14, 2015

HOLY ONE of Israel Isaiah 47, Holy

Centering on the Holy One

For today, I chose a Name of God from the Bible that is simple and profound. This is my word of the day for Centering Prayer. My word—Name of God for today is Holy One.

This Name comes from Isaiah 49, and incorporates the Hebrew word for holy, or “kodesh.” Some years ago I had the most difficulty figuring out exactly what “holy” meant. I knew it was a Name of God. I knew it referred to things that were of God. But, I had a radical sense of disconnect between me and a clear idea of that definition.

So, I dug more deeply. I tried to understand.

Now, I think I have come to some sort of wider understanding of the multi-faceted definition at “holy.” Holy can also be “set apart.” In the case of God, God is so far above us humans, I can well imagine how God is set apart.

When I began praying, I thought of the prophet writing those words. What did he mean by them? I kept bringing myself back to the Name “Holy One,” and I kept thinking first one thing, then another.

I am surprised that this well-known image from Isaiah—seeing God high up and in the Temple, with the seraphim flying around, saying “Holy, holy, holy!”—surprised that it did not come to mind. That’s one of my favorite biblical images. Sure, it’s terrifying. Sure, I feel like hiding my face before that idea of God! But that’s what I’m supposed to do. That’s how I am supposed to feel. God, I come before You in gratitude for my salvation and also in awe of Your majesty, power and set-apartness. You are so glorious. I can only fall before You in awe. Thank You, God, for this new (to me, that is) verse. A new look, and a fresh expression of Your glory.


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