7 But the Lord sits enthroned for ever,
   he has established his throne for judgement.

8 He judges the world with righteousness;
   he judges the peoples with equity.

9 The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
   a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 And those who know your name put their trust in you,
   for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.

It is a bit of a roller coaster riding along with HP. One moment I want to distance myself from his words and attitudes. The next moment he gives expression to the deepest truths of the universe.

Suddenly, here I can align myself again with HP as long as I resist any temptation to separate myself from those who must face God’s “throne for judgment.” It is true God “judges the world with righteousness; he judges the people with equity.”

Understood properly I can be thankful for this judgment. It means that the world we live in is not a chaotic disordered mess. There is a reliable pattern to the way life works. When I enter into this pattern and cooperate with the reality of what is, my life will flourish.

We live in a world in which I suffer when I do harm. I may not know I am suffering; I may not sense the pain that my words and actions have inflicted on myself, others and the world we share. But, when I am violent in thought, word, or deed, I release negative energy into the cosmos. This energy expands moving from thought to deed and the deeds of darkness grow inflicting ever greater devastation wherever they fall.

But in the midst of the shattered bits and pieces of the human condition, there is always something more going on. God provides for those who are afflicted, “a stronghold in times of trouble.” When I trust in this secret, steady, abiding place within, I know that I am “not forsaken.” I am not alone. I have nothing to fear. Even when I suffer under the consequences of my own egregious behaviour, I am not forsaken. If I am able to stop for a moment, be still and open to the truth of my condition, I will sense, if in only the faintest possible way, a presence that abides and stays with me. This is what I truly desire in the midst of the turmoil of life.

How can I view “judgment” as a positive and necessary quality of life?

Lord help me to live in such a way that I do not need to view your “judgment” as a frightening reality, but rather can understand it as a reassuring quality of life.