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Psalm 48 – The Mountain of God - A theology of Jerusalem in free verse

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By jcarter - Posted on 06 July 2009

by Jeff Carter
To the Misted Mountain again we go

a hero’s journey far to the north

across desperate plains and mystic fields

to the mountain,

Olympus, Aqraa, Zaphos, Eden,

to the mountain Zion,

the cosmic mountain at the heart of the North.To the Misted Mountain again we go

a hero’s journey far to the north

across desperate plains and mystic fields

to the mountain,

Olympus, Aqraa, Zaphos, Eden,

to the mountain Zion,

the cosmic mountain at the heart of the North.A mountain whose head is lifted high into the heavens,

whose peak pierces the clouds.

On its snow capped pinnacle beyond the clouds

dwell the gods in the city of God,

the sons of God in the palace of the Most High,

and there forever in perpetual worship

and service they sing praise.

Who may ascend to your holy hill?

Who may dwell upon your holy mountain?


We tremble at the base of the mountain,

afraid to proceed.

Yahweh is king and the people tremble.

Peals of thunder and flashes of lightning upon the mountain,

a trumpet blast and dense cloud of smoke and fear,

it is an eruption of presence.

For here the Lord is enthroned,

here the Lord is encircled by the living creatures

(six-winged manoxlioneagles burning like bronze with faces of a thousand eyes)

Cherubim and Seraphim who shout

“Holy, holy, holy”

until the heavens are rent and the earth is broken.

Here is the holy mountain, towering in beauty,

towering in terrible beauty

the terrible beauty of holiness.

Here is the holy mountain, towering in beauty,

the joy of the whole world

and we will proceed.

What we have come to is the holy mountain,

the mountain of God,

Mount Zion and the city of the living God.

God himself lives here.

God himself lives here,

and we have stepped into his world,

onto his mountain, his holy hill,

in complete confidence,

boldly entering the sanctuary of his presence.

And so, look around, look at Zion,

walk right through.

Admire her walls, admire her towers

examine the alabaster palaces,

and number the gates, each inscribed

with the names of the holy apostles.

Sit beside the river that flows through the center

and lounge in her pleasant garden;

the holy mountain towering in beauty.

Diamond and gold and lapis lazuli

turquoise and emerald, topaz and pearl,

all manner of precious stone;

she is the holy mountain towering in beauty.

The nations come to her,

and kings have assembled.

Conspiring kings have made alliance

to advance together, arm in arm,

shoulder to shoulder, their shields raised.

They march in coordinated assault

against the holy hill, but they are rebuffed.

When they saw the unseen,

and when they knew themselves to be seen,

they trembled, collapsing on the spot.

It is a terrible thing to stand in the presence,

a dreadful thing to fall into his hands.

He is a consuming fire.

His breath, creative wind and creating spirit,

the east wind, where pagans look to worship the rising sun,

his breath, the east wind,

is wrecker of ships. His voice convulses the desert,

his voice over the waters.

Trembling seizes them, those who would rage

and plot together,

trembling like that of a woman in labor.

He who is enthroned upon the mountain

and encircled by the living creatures

laughs and makes a mockery of them.

As we have heard so have we seen

in the holy city of God,

in the city of God of the angel armies,

forever and ever.

Pause

We

we (in our quiet and in our pause)

we reflect on your faithful, ever faithful love.

Your name, O Lord,

Yahweh, your name,

and your praise,

your name and your praise

are sung over the whole world,

out from the peak of holy Zion.

And the nations hear of you.

They hear of your great name.

And they look to the towering mountain;

they look to the mountain of Yahweh,

rising higher than the mountains

and towering above the heights.

They hear your great name

and they say amongst themselves,

“Come, let us go up,

let us go to the mountain of the Lord.”


The nations come to her light,

streaming to the mountain of God

to learn of his law.

The law of love.

The nations of the world

streaming to the mountain of God

to be taught his way.

The way of love.

And there on the mountain of God’s presence

they will hammer their weapons of war

(swords and spears and rifles and tanks)

into implements of peace and production.

No longer will they learn how to war amongst themselves.

No longer will they study new and improved ways
to hate and to hurt.

Instead they will learn they way of love

from the one whose right hand is filled with saving justice

Yahweh of the Angel Armies puts an end to war,

he breaks the bow and shatters the spear

and says “Be still, be silent.

Stop.

And know that I am God.”

Pause

We

we (in our quiet and in our pause)

we reflect on your faithful, ever faithful love.

Your name, O Lord,

Yahweh, your name,

and your praise,

your name and your praise

are sung over the whole world,

out from the peak of holy Zion.

What we have come to is not

the hellfire and brimstone of a vengeful angry God

so terrible and cruel; not a blazing fire

or gloom or darkness or storm

or a voice so awful we beg for deafened ears.

What we have come to is Mount Zion

and the city of the living God,

the heavenly Jerusalem,

Beulah land ,

where the whole Church of the firstborn

sons and daughters of God have assembled

for the festival, the eternal feast

the wedding supper.

Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.

The words of God are true.

We have come to God himself.

We have come to God himself.

We have come

to God himself,

through the blood, the purifying blood

of a new covenant.

We have been given possession

of an unshakable kingdom,

a mighty fortress,

an unmovable, unassailable kingdom.

Admire her walls, admire her towers

examine the alabaster palaces,

and number the gates, each inscribed

with the names of the holy apostles.

Sit beside the river that flows through the center,

the river that flows from out of his throne;

crystal clear with the water of life.

Eat from the tree of life

that grows in the garden of God’s presence;

the resurrection and the life.

Tell future generations that there is such a God

as our God forever and ever.

Tell them that he is our guide through death;

the resurrection and the life.

All who are thirsty – come.

All who are hungry – come.

All who are weary and heavy laden – come.

Come to the mountain.

Come and see him face to face,

and be seen by him face to face,

without fear.

Come.

Great is the Lord.

Great is the Lord and worthy to be praised.

Come.

(Psalms 2, 46, 48, 99, Exodus 19, Isaiah 2, Hebrews 10 – 12, Revelation 19 – 22)

davo's picture

Excellent stuff Jeff… yes, come and see that the Lord is good…

davo

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