Praying the Psalms Saturday, February 24, 2018
“In the Psalms, we drink divine praise at its pure and stainless source, in all its primitive sincerity and perfection… For God has willed to make himself known in the mystery of the Psalms”... When we sing the psalms, the Mystery of Christ is contemplated through the ancient words…”When we sing the psalms, we sing the wedding hymn of our union with God in Christ….To understand the Psalms, we must experience the sentiments they express, in our own hearts...We must sing them to God and make our own all the meaning they contain…We must praise him as much in sorrow as in joy… “ Thomas Merton - Praying The Psalms
The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon,the stars, which you have ordained!
(The very work of your fingertips- I worship in silence, for I cannot match your beauty )
Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge
Come, let us worship and bow down, And kneel before the Lord, our Maker
He is our God, We are the people of His pasture
He is our God,We are the sheep of His hand
Worship the Lord in holiness; Let the whole earth stand in awe
He will come to judge the earth; In righteousness and truth
Oh God, you are my God; Earnestly I seek you
My Soul thirsts for you,; My flesh yearns for you
In a dry and weary land; Where there is no water; I remember you at night
Through the watches of the night in the shadow of your wings
I sing because you helped me; My soul clings to you
And your hand upholds me; You alone
Let the words of my mouth; Be pleasing to You; The meditation of my heart
Be pleasing to you, Oh Lord, my strength,And my Redeemer
Sing to Jesus! We are His Own! Now and Forever, He is the King of Heaven!
Bless the Lord, O my soul!
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
As for man, his days are like grass;As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,And its place remembers it no more.
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
The Lord has established His throne in heaven,
And His kingdom rules over all.
Bless the Lord, all His works, In all places of His dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!