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 145: 1-7. 9-10. 13-17-21
I will extol you, my God and king;
I will bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you;
I will praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord and worthy of much praise,
whose grandeur is beyond understanding.
One generation praises your deeds to the next
and proclaims your mighty works.
They speak of the splendour of your majestic glory,
tell of your wonderful deeds…
The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in mercy.
The Lord is good to all,
compassionate toward all your works.
All your works give you thanks, Lord
and your faithful bless you…
The Lord is trustworthy in all his words,
and loving in all his works.
The Lord supports all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look hopefully to you;
you give them their food in due season.
You open wide your hand
and satisfy the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is just in all his ways,
merciful in all his works.
The Lord is near to all who call upon him,
to all who call upon him in truth.
He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
he hears their cry and saves them.
The Lord watches over all who love him,
but all the wicked he destroys.
My mouth will speak the praises of the Lord;
all flesh will bless his holy name forever and ever.
Greatness and Goodness of God
This psalm is a hymn in praise of God’s eternal and universal kingship. Each verse begins with a different Hebrew letter in alphabetical order.
The focus of the psalm is the greatness of God and his goodness to all of his creation, which should be proclaimed by each generation to the next.
Jesus, the revelation of God’s power and goodness, offered praise to the Father (Mt 11: 25). The Letter of Paul to the Ephesians opens with a long list of the blessings that Christians have received in Christ, and to which they ought to respond with ceaseless praise (Cf. Eph 1: 3-14)
Prayer: Lord, be near to all who call upon you in truth and increase the dedication of those who revere you. Hear their prayers and save them that they may always love and praise your holy name. (From The Prayer of the Church).