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: 1-11
How good to sing praise to our God;
how pleasant to give fitting praise.
The LORD rebuilds Jerusalem,
and gathers the dispersed of Israel,
Healing the broken-hearted,
and binding up their wounds.
He numbers the stars,
and gives to all of them their names.
Great is our Lord, vast in power,
with wisdom beyond measure.
The LORD gives aid to the poor,
but casts the wicked to the ground.
Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving;
with the lyre make music to our God,
Who covers the heavens with clouds,
provides rain for the earth,
makes grass sprout on the mountains,
Who gives animals their food
and young ravens what they cry for.
He takes no delight in the strength of horses,
no pleasure in the runner’s stride.
Rather the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him,
those who put their hope in his mercy.
Gratitude to God, Creator and His Power
This is a liturgical congregational hymn; therefore it is the prayer of the entire Church and of the universe to celebrate God’s saving power. This hymn is followed by a list of wondrous deeds that God did for the people of Israel in bringing him from exile and restoring Jerusalem. These are all motives for giving praise.
From verse 7 to 11 we have a song of praise for the glories of creation that is a creature of God. He is the source of water and fertility, the one who provides food for all living creatures.
Despite all the wanders of the world, God takes greatest delight in those who fear him and put their trust in him.
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.