O Wisdom

From the Great O Antiphon: “O Sapientia
“O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from one end to the other mightily, and sweetly ordering all things: Come and teach us the way of prudence.”

Isaiah 11:2-4a
2 And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
3 And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
4 but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;

In the silent moment before song and speech
As the Spirit inhales o’er the chaotic night
Wisdom stands poised all creation to teach
Awaiting the command, “In the darkness be light!”
The I AM’s glory on Sinai’s height thunders
And Wisdom speaks Precepts to Moses alone
Two bearing the likeness of God’s worded wonders
Scribed beauty revealed in the tablets of stone.
Isaiah’s coming King shall rule with right wisdom.
David’s Lord and heir, a counselor with sight–
Who with equity leads the poor into his kingdom
Discerns every confidence, sets brokenness aright.
Again Wisdom is poised this night in the world’s wild–
God’s Word sounds the darkness through the cries of a child.

(c) Randy Edwards

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