On the seventh and final day of Lectionary reading from Psalm 107, think about God’s steadfast love as a part of the covenant with His people. And in my response to God’s faithfulness and loyalty, ask, “How faithful and loyal am I?”
Today’s reading from Isaiah is a magnificent description of life under the rule of God. The ultimate Promised Land is a radiant place of wholeness, peace, and joy because God’s Kingship is fully realized. The people in this land live beautifully together because they live not for their own purposes, but for the purpose of seeing and serving the glory of God. It is important to understand that God’s glory is not about physically glowing. God’s glory is better (though always only partially) understood as the “perfectly-fit togetherness” of everything. In the one God, everything comes together in a harmonious beauty that dazzles us, even though we can only glimpse it. It is too bright for us to see clearly, but we live in the hope that “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” (Habakkuk 2:14).
And, as the reading from John tells us, God’s glorious light is seen decisively in the life of Jesus. In Jesus, we see the incarnation of God, and thereby gain knowledge of God. We see the pattern of life that shaped this world (the cosmos), and the pattern that is shaping it into the world where God’s Kingship is fully realized. That this pattern is one of love, grace, and self-giving sacrifice is not what humanity would have expected. But it is beautiful. It is glorious.