“You set the earth on its foundations, so that it shall never be shaken. You cover it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains. At your rebuke they flee; at the sound of your thunder they take to flight. They rose up to the mountains, ran down to the valleys to the place that you appointed for them. You set a boundary that they may not pass, so that they might not again cover the earth.” Psalm 104:5-9
Law and gospel balance guidance and grace. The grace and love of God in the Gospel truth of Jesus frees us from the power of sin and death. God’s law is rooted in love as well, not meant to punish us, but rather meant to protect God’s people. Out of the chaos, God created order. The order is meant to encourage us to love creation and each other, and create boundaries into which we can feel at home. Just as our own homes function best with routines, schedules and guidelines, so God wants us to feel at home in God’s created world.
What continues this feeling of home is the radical choice God makes – humanity. God chooses humanity, even havoc wreaking hearts and stubbornness in our souls. God loves us through all we do because love is a choice, not a feeling. God’s love never ends because God’s choice never fails – the God who created us will dwell with us in darkness and in light. God chooses us and in that choice gives us grace and understanding. God’s understanding of humanity comes through God’s inseparable connection to the human Christ Jesus. Creator God and Christ Jesus are one and the same – divinity and humanity. The life-stirring Holy Spirit connects us to our God of life-giving love.
In God continuing to choose us, we know God will not lead us into the perpetual chaos again. God’s nature is to lead us into balance and harmony. Our hope lies in the symphony God creates out of this world’s chaotic cacophony.
God of loving order, of law and gospel, our souls are filled with your love. We are grateful that you choose to walk with us in all our darkness and light. Amen.