“Let our sons in their youth grow like plants [or be like full-grown plants; robust and vital]. Let our daughters be like the decorated [cut] stones [or pillars] in the Temple [or palace; stately and beautiful].” (Psalms 144: 12, Expanded Bible)
These poetic images reveal some glorious, true, and healing ideas about us all. They illuminate a vision of men and of women in their spiritual essence, rather than in a material, physical, limited way.
We can turn to God as the psalmist did to awake to His purpose for His children. The sons of God can grow to behave with maturity, as well as vitality and strength. These men of God’s creation are made to endure and to nurture others, as the plants of the field that give sustenance. This true masculine idea is one that is upstanding, pure, helpful, and reliable.
And the daughter of God is equally wonderful in God’s eyes. She is not only a beauty to behold, but also has her own strength, as the very pillar of a palace, that which stands firm and without vulnerability. This female of God’s creating is a lovely asset in the temple, in that sacred place of God’s presence, and is also purposeful and powerful.
And the great blessing in this all is that we are none of us devoid of the other gender’s qualities. We are made to express wholeness, so we have strength and courage as well as gentleness and beauty. We each can know ourselves truly as the complete image and likeness of God—His reflection, His precious children, and His beloved.
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