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 expecting 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
The joy of God’s Holy People
Sing to the LORD a new song,
his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel be glad in its maker,
the people of Zion rejoice in their king.
Let them praise his name in dance,
make music with tambourine and lyre.
For the LORD takes delight in his people,
honors the poor with victory.
Let the faithful rejoice in their glory,
cry out for joy on their couches,
With the praise of God in their mouths,
and a two-edged sword in their hands,
To bring retribution on the nations,
punishment on the peoples,
To bind their kings in shackles,
their nobles in chains of iron,
To execute the judgments decreed for them—
such is the glory* of all God’s faithful.
The Gratitude of the people of God
In this hymn the people are invited to praise the Lord in song and dance. But they also have the sword in hand, prepared to defend Zion. The psalm may have originated in a ritual drama in which Israel’s past victories were re-enacted as a way of actualising them for the present generation and guaranteeing them for the future.
Christian cannot use the physical sword against the enemies of the Church (Mt 26:52), but they can use “the armour of God” (Eph 6:11), the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” (Eph 6:17) to fight against their spiritual enemies (Eph 6:12).
Prayer: Let Israel rejoice in you Lord, and acknowledge you as creator and redeemer. We put our trust in your faithfulness and proclaim the wonderful truths of salvation. May your loving kindness embrace us now and for ever.