And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God, its radiance like a rarest jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.
But the Holy Spirit is not Poe's Raven, continually warning of woes to come, but is the voice of the Godhead, laying out the beauties of what is to come. I need to put myself alongside John, watching the holy city descending from the heavens, a physical display of the glory of the LORD, God, the Almighty. Once again, human language is utterly incapable of describing the sheer beauty and magnificence of this event. "A most rare jewel, like jasper, clear as crystal" will be a total failure when I see the coming of the holy city; utterly breathtaking, overwhelmingly beautiful; human words will fail, but the words of the Spirit will suffice.
Today's readings in the Psalms:
Morning: Psalm 89
Evening: Psalm 15
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