Holy Means Whole: A reflection on Psalm 99

© 2013 Phil Fox Rose — Cold Spring, NY


Today’s daily meditation in Living Faith is one of mine. The reading is:

Extol the LORD, our God,
and worship at his holy mountain;
for holy is the LORD, our God.

– Psalm 99:9

Here’s part of my reflection:

“Our God is holy!” The word “holy” comes from the same root as “whole” and “healthy.” When we say something is holy, we’re saying it is undivided, complete.

Psalm 99 is a brief explosion of praise and the word “holy” is used four times in its total of nine verses. It celebrates the vitality and wholeness and power of God. When I feel overwhelmed by the trivial problems of my day or bigger concerns that nag at my thoughts, I remind myself that I can reconnect with that complete undivided power and love at any time…

Please read my full reflection here.

About Phil Fox Rose

Phil Fox Rose is a writer, editor and content lead based in New York. He is coordinator of Contemplative Outreach of New York, helping promote centering prayer, which has been his contemplative practice for nearly 20 years. Raised atheist by ex-Mormons, Phil has journeyed through Quakerism, deep ecology, Buddhism and Catholicism. Now he's a congregant, worship leader, cook and chair of the leadership team at St. Lydia's, an awesome dinner church in Brooklyn, NY, and spends as much time in nature as possible. Phil has been a political party leader, videographer, tech journalist, punk roadie, software designer, sheepherder, stockbroker and downtempo radio DJ. A common thread is the process of learning about stuff, figuring it out and then sharing that understanding with others. Follow Phil by RSS feed, email, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.


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