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.Bible1The 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 

Psalm 146

happy dayPraise the LORD, my soul;
I will praise the LORD all my life,
sing praise to my God while I live.
Put no trust in princes,
in children of Adam powerless to save.
Who breathing his last, returns to the earth;
that day all his planning comes to nothing.
Blessed the one whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD, his God,
The maker of heaven and earth,
the seas and all that is in them,
Who keeps faith forever,
secures justice for the oppressed,
who gives bread to the hungry.
The LORD sets prisoners free;
the LORD gives sight to the blind.
The LORD raises up those who are bowed down;
the LORD loves the righteous.
The LORD protects the resident alien,
comes to the aid of the orphan and the widow,
but thwarts the way of the wicked.
The LORD shall reign forever,
your God, Zion, through all generations!

Trust in God the Creator and Redeemer
globe1This is the first of the five Hallelujah psalms that conclude the Psalter. Each of them begins and ends with the liturgical exhortation “Praise God!” This psalm is the result of a meditation on the goodness of God and it is a prayer we can all recite.

In this psalm the psalmist, using the wisdom style, points out the foolishness of putting one’s trust  in mortal human beings  instead of looking to God for salvation. He then extols the goodness of God to those in distress: the oppressed, the hungry, prisoners, the blind, those bowed down, strangers, orphans and widows.

This was the programme that Jesus outlined in the synagogue of Nazareth as his mission (Lk 4: 16-21), and it is the programme that Christians are called upon to continue among the needy of today.

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Prayer: God of glory and power, those who have put their trust in you are happy indeed. Shine the brightness of your light on us, that we may love you always with a pure heart.

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