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
Psalm 147: 12-20
Glorify the LORD, Jerusalem;
Zion, offer praise to your God,
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates,
blessed your children within you.
He brings peace to your borders,
and satisfies you with finest wheat.
He sends his command to earth;
his word runs swiftly!
Thus he makes the snow like wool,
and spreads the frost like ash;
He disperses hail like crumbs.
Who can withstand his cold?
Yet when again he issues his command, it melts them;
he raises his winds and the waters flow.
He proclaims his word to Jacob,
his statutes and laws to Israel.
He has not done this for any other nation;
of such laws they know nothing.
The Providence of God
This second part of the psalm praises God as the powerful creator who provides for all his creatures. In this part the psalmist invites Jerusalem, in particular, to glorify its God for his special favours such as security, peace, prosperity, but above all, for his word of revelation in the form of the law, a gift reserved only for Israel.
The privileges that belonged to Jerusalem and Israel have now been passed on to the Church, God’s new people.
The psalm ends as it began, with the exclamation of praise: “Allelujah!”
Prayer: God our Father, great builder of the heavenly Jerusalem, you know the number of the stars and call each of them by name. Heal hearts that are broken, gather those who have been scattered, and enrich us all from the plenitude of your eternal wisdom.