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The LORD is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness, and he will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is Zion’s treasure. (Isaiah 33:5-6)

The LORD = I AM – the uniquely self-existent source of all, especially of personhood

Is exalted = stands above all is in value and significance

For he dwells on high = I AM’s existence is transcendent… a whole different range of perspective

He will fill Zion with justice and righteousness = the people of I AM will experience correction and ‘ought-ness’

And he will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge = he makes life what it should be

The fear of the LORD is Zion’s treasure = the genuine priority of the Self Existent One is the most valuable thing the people have.

For me, I constantly have to come back to the reason why. Why is there something instead of nothing and why is the something at odds with itself? Why is there and expectation which exceeds experience? Why the gap? I return again and again to the conviction that it is so sensible and necessary that the source of all contingent and intertwined reality (me and the stuff I bump into) has its source in a uniquely Self-Existent One. However, that doesn’t bring immediate peace. The awareness that YHWH {{{is}}} swirls the anguish of how poorly i am. I have loose ends, dead ends… to no end. Something is not what it is meant to be. I am not right with the I AM.

That is the hope of Jesus, Yeshua, YHWH saves, I AM helps. What is the treasure? Knowing that the gap between i am and the I AM is the essence of my current situation, and that it is not interminable and futile and toxically vaporous. There is reason to trust that wrong will be set right and things will be what they should be and understanding and choices will be life sharingly vibrant and soothing.

I AM is my terrifying clarity and joy.

The LORD is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness, and he will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is Zion’s treasure. (Isaiah 33:5-6)

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