The 12th line of the above poetic compilation reads as shown thus: You are fearfully and wonderfully made .... Psalm 139.14 . Now I have often been perplexed as to how God should be "feared" and how we could possibly have been "fearfully made" - after all, we understand that this line refers to God Him/Her Self making us.
The answer became clear to me when I was this morning comparing the translations used by Gideons International with several others. Sometimes the word for "fear" is translated as "revere" or "respect"; if this is the case (and it sits comfortably here), then we can read the 12th line as "You are REVERENTLY and wonderfully made" .... Psalm 139.14 .
And I am reminded of the song reverently sung in many churches today: "There's no need to fear - Love sets no limits".
You can listen and see the words and history of this lovely song by going to the following link: http://www.sixmaddens.org/?p=1017 .
Come as you are, that's how I want you
Come as you are, feel quite at home
Come to my heart, loved and forgiven
Come as you are, why stand alone?
No need to fear, love sets no limits
No need to fear, love never ends
Don't run away, ashamed and disheartened
Rest in my love, trust me again
I came to call sinners, not just the virtuous
I came to bring peace, not to condemn
Each time you fail, to live by my promise
Why do you think, I'd love you the less?
Come as you are, that's how I love you
Come as you are, trust me again
Nothing can change, the love that I bear you
All will be well, just come as you are.
Apparently, the words and music for this song is by Sister Deidre Brown of the Loreto [Catholic] Order of Nuns. It is published in the Australian Hymn Book 'Together in Song' #693, and also in 'Gather Australia', a Catholic Hymnal.
"Loving-Kindness" allows nations and individuals to "rise up" when oppression rears its ugly head, but never to "boil over", wasting that which has been built up.
When we think that we have achieved wisdom, we must remember that even Solomon's God given wisdom did not extend to limit his number of wives or concubines (sexual slaves) etc - see 1 Kings 11.3. But I know for a fact that you will not be making the same mistake.
We surely have grown up some in 3000 years as people, although the way some politicians behave, let alone some of our own faith leaders, we can often doubt that. But if you have been absorbing the material I have presented here, you won't be believing in concubines or slaves, full stop.
There is no fault in us if we make honest mistakes, but only in what our hearts INTENDED. Bad thoughts result in bad deeds; bad deeds result in bad outcomes, for ourselves AND others. Therefore, it's better for us to err on the side of love, AWAYS.
When we think we have attained wisdom, we must always be prepared to think again, for surely some new fly will land in our ointment to aggravate us in an entirely new way.
Military hardware, for the main part, should be converted for "mechanical advantage" for the benefit of All, just as the Military should use their resources to serve the people - responding to natural disasters, such as earthquake, flood, fire and famine. Those are the situations the Military should respond to, rather than allowing dictators to rule unequally. A ferocious beast does not snap (or snip) another. Nor should we, for between the beauty of the palace and obscurity of the grave, "we" walk.
The corollaries of this premise are consonant with it (eg see http://nigeriavillagesquare.com/foru...advice-all-520 , http://nigeriavillagesquare.com/foru...think-you-2299 , http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Theis...43440022581252 , http://nigeriavillagesquare.com/foru...fear-love-2314 ,
http://nigeriavillagesquare.com/foru...suns-2001-2317 , http://nigeriavillagesquare.com/foru...ut-family-2319 , etc.
" Do you hear the people sing, singing the song of loving hearts ? It is the music of a people, who will not be slaves again ! When the beating of your heart, echoes the beating of the drum, there is a life about to start when tomorrow comes !" LET FREEDOM RING ! Amen and AMEN !!!! YES !!!!
PS: If any of the links don't work for you, try copying and pasting them into your web browser and go to them from there. If at first you don't succeed, try, try, and try again...., and you'll be sure to find your way....
I trust that this message has reached just the right place, with you, and all "one-world citizens", both hemispheres.
I am, as ever with you and, yours sincerely, and faithfully, as I send all my best wishes.....-.. --- ...- . .