The Psalms in the Liturgy of the Hours
Priests, deacons and religious pray the Liturgy of the Hours every day, but it is advisable for all Christians to join in praying some of the Liturgy of the Hours whenever they are able. They should feel it an honour to join Christ and his Church in praying for the needs of humankind, as it is obvious that they will be the first to benefit from it.
It is time that lay people respond to the recent, earnest invitation of the Church in this respect (cf At the beginning of the New Millenium, Pope John Paul II, 34). From: Enjoying the Psalms by P. Baudena & J. B. Gichuhi – Pauline Publications Africa
Remember, O LORD, for David
all his hardships:
How he swore an oath to the LORD,
vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob:
“I will not enter the house where I live,
nor lie on the couch where I sleep;
I will give my eyes no sleep,
my eyelids no rest,
Till I find a place for the LORD,
a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.
“We have heard of it in Ephrathah;
we have found it in the fields of Jaar.
Let us enter his dwelling;
let us worship at his footstool.
“Arise, LORD, come to your resting place,
you and your mighty ark.
Your priests will be clothed with justice;
your devout will shout for joy.”
For the sake of David your servant,
do not reject your anointed.
The LORD swore an oath to David in truth,
he will never turn back from it:
“Your own offspring I will set upon your throne.
If your sons observe my covenant,
and my decrees I shall teach them,
Their sons, in turn,
shall sit forever on your throne.
Yes, the LORD has chosen Zion,
desired it for a dwelling:
“This is my resting place forever;
here I will dwell, for I desire it.
I will bless Zion with provisions;
its poor I will fill with bread.
I will clothe its priests with salvation;
its devout shall shout for joy.
There I will make a horn sprout for David;
I will set a lamp for my anointed.
His foes I will clothe with shame,
but on him his crown shall shine.”
God’s Presence among His People
This royal psalm is one of the most important messianic psalms in both Jewish and Christian tradition. It was originally used in a liturgy commemorating the transfer of the ark to Jerusalem by David, as narrated in 2 Sam: 6.
The psalm focuses on two topics that are of special importance in the theology of the Old Testament: David’s oath to build a dwelling place for God and God’s oath to establish a Davidic dynasty and choose Zion as his permanent resting-place (see 2Sam: 7)
For the Jews God’s original promise to David still remains to be fulfilled, but for Christians the promise has already found perfect fulfilment in Jesus.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, you chose to suffer and be overwhelmed by death in order to open the gates of death in triumph. Stay with us to help us on our pilgrimage; free us from all evil by the power of your resurrection. In the company of your saints, and constantly remembering your love for us, may we sing of your wonders in our Father’s house. (From: The Prayer of the Church)