Context — O God, Transform My All
O God, Transform My All | Repentant and Blessed
I don’t really know how the idea for this weave came about, except that I was praying about something related to the Beatitudes one day and another day I was praying about something related to Psalm 51 and another day I was praying about a post…and then this happened.
So, thank you God. I’m sorry for any clumsy execution.
One of the most striking points about contemplating the Beatitudes in context of Psalm 51, to me, is how closely repentance ties to the blessings Christ tells us about. In looking at what it takes to be poor in spirit, mourning, meek, and so on, we find that turning to God leads to these, which leads to the blessings.
But, we cannot serve two masters (Luke 16:13), so we must break free from our sin, from the pollution that entangles (2 Pet. 2:20). Here, we exercise our free will, orienting ourselves to Him, towards how we were made. As long as we choose to remain open to Him, He takes care of the rest.
We can accomplish this step by repentance — by taking accountability for our transgressions, we open ourselves to thorough washing, that a clean heart may be created and a right spirit renewed by His mercy (from Ps. 51).
I would posit that repentance is easier to grasp when we “set our affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Col. 3:2). This is where Christ through the Beatitudes guides us to the next step after Psalm 51.
May we strive for these different developments, and in so doing, approach nearer and nearer to God, Who brings forth an abundance of blessings in a beautiful outpouring of the relationship.
“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:17 KJV
The following passages are direct influences for my own words in each of the seven sections, in the order of appearance:
- Luke 6:32-36
- Mark 9:49-50
- Esther 5:8
- Genesis 25:29-34 and Hebrews 12:16-18
- Mark 8:17-18
- Matthew 5:29-30
- Matthew 5:39
In my head, there were so many other connections and thoughts within each section. However, when I tried to express it all in writing, the essence of the post seemed to get buried. Those ‘others’ will change depending on one’s situations in life. The purpose for this post is to capture the concepts more broadly, beyond how they can relate in only a specific kind of snapshot.
The title is based off the conclusion, coming after the seventh section.
One last note: the nine italicized lines not referencing Bible passages are arrow (or javelin) prayers. Arrow/Javelin prayers are designed to help us focus intently on God, minimizing room for distractions, a form of meditation. They are all rooted in Scripture; in fact, the church fathers and ascetics often structured these Bible passages in the short format we see them in today as arrow prayers.
The following lists the sources for the prayer formats I used for this post, in order of appearance:
- The Publican’s Prayer in Luke 18:13
- St. Gregory Palamas
- St. Marcarius the Great
- St. Abba Poemen
- The Disciples’ Prayer in Luke 17:5
- St. Isaac the Abbot
- The Parent’s Prayer in Mark 9:24
- The Jesus Prayer
- Trisagion Prayer excerpt
May your way be brighter and your dreams sweeter. Thank you for taking the time to visit! The peace of God be with your spirit,
“And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Romans 12:2 KJV