The Psalms in the Liturgy of the Hours

The Book of the Psalms is a great gift God has given us to facilitate an intimate relationship of love He is expectingBookAndLight of us.

The psalms have been a source of prayer, consolation and inspiration for all Christian people throughout the centuries. Tomas Merton, a Trappist monk, well known for his spiritual writings, once said that our identity is hidden in the psalms.  The psalms express the variety of our sentiments of fear, misery, abandonment, loss and sinfulness, but also sentiments of trust, joy, hope and the deepest longing of our hearts.  Pope Benedict XVI

Let my prayer be incense before you

Psalm 141

Birds in the shyLord, I call to you; hasten to me;

listen to my plea when I call.
Let my prayer be incense before you;
my uplifted hands* an evening offering.
Set a guard, Lord, before my mouth,
keep watch over the door of my lips.
Do not let my heart incline to evil,
to perform deeds in wickedness.
On the delicacies of evildoers
let me not feast.
Let a righteous person strike me;
it is mercy if he reproves me.

Do not withhold oil from my head
while my prayer opposes their evil deeds.
May their leaders be cast over the cliff,
so that they hear that my speeches are pleasing.
Like the ploughing and breaking up of the earth,
our bones are strewn at the mouth of Sheol.
For my eyes are upon you, O Lord, my Lord;
in you I take refuge; do not take away my soul.
Guard me from the trap they have set for me,
from the snares of evildoers.
Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
while only I pass over them safely.

Prayer for Deliverance from the Wicked

Light HandsIn this psalm the psalmist is distancing himself from the evildoers who may vi trying to entice him with invitations to banquets so that he may adopt their ways. He prays form strength and protection so that he may not give in to the temptation.

Christians too will meet similar situations, and that is why Jesus taught us to watch



:  Lord, from the rising of the sun to his setting your name is worthy of all praise. Let our prayer come like incense before you. May the lifting up of our hands be as an evening sacrifice acceptable to you, Lord our God.
(From The Prayer of the Church)

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