7 I will tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to me, ‘You are my son;
   today I have begotten you.

HP claims here to have heard directly the voice of “the Lord.” The God who is angry, terrifying and full of fury, has spoken to the writer.

Curiously, this God who is characterized as being a God of anger, terror and fury, does not speak in a voice of condemnation or outrage. Instead the voice of “the Lord”  that HP hears is gentle and compassionate.

God announces that HP is God’s offspring; he is “begotten” of God.

Perhaps this is the word I need to hear. Perhaps this tender vision of the God who gives birth, is the image I need to take to heart.

Why am I so often like the “nations that conspire,” the “peoples who plot” and the kings and rulers who “take counsel together, against the Lord”? What is it that causes me to fight so hard to establish my little piece of turf and to make my mark in life? Wherein lies the source of this compulsion to establish myself in the kingdom of this world?

I am driven to seek to establish myself in this timebound material realm, because I do not trust in my true identity. Surrounded by the turmoil of clashing claims and demands of the world, HP needs to be reminded that his true identity resides in his source and his source is love.

I am a child of love.

This is the same message Jesus needed to hear at the beginning of his ministry when, immediately following his baptism, “a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’” (Mark 1:11)

Love is my true identity, my goal, my aim, the purpose of my entire being. I live because of love; I live for love. No other goal is necessary. When I love something or someone, I am fulfilling the purpose of my creation. I am living in tune with my Source.

A life without love is a contradiction. I only begin to come to grips with what it means to be human and with the nature of God, when I am prepared to open to the Presence of that Love which is the Source and meaning of all life.

What tools might I use that might help to call me back to an awareness of my true identity?

Lord, help me to see your vision for what it means to be truly and deeply human, to live as your child, aware that you are the source of my life and of my true identity and meaning.