Psalms say it all

I like the way psalms say it all. “Rejoice in the Lord, you just!” a psalm response said recently. No need to double your efforts or think hard about something. “Rejoice in the Lord, you just!”

The earth rejoices in God, our king. Why not join it? The “many isles are glad.” Be glad with them.

The psalms have a way of stilling our souls and calling them into the quiet grace of God’s presence. Does everything depend on us? No, it doesn’t. God “melts the mountains like wax” and “guards the lives of his faithful ones.” We think we have to know everything, but only God can do that.

We take part in the liturgy, not to know more and more, but to be drawn closer to God. The scriptures, prayers and actions feed our minds and hearts, but only little by little. One of the special graces of the psalms is invite us to rest in God as a child in a mother’s arms.

Most of the psalms in our liturgy are songs of praise. “Rejoice in the Lord!” Some cry for help. They call us to simple, deep prayer. Keep your eye on them in the liturgy. They’re wonderful basic prayers.

“Although the whole of Scripture breathes God’s grace upon us, this is especially true of that delightful book, the book of the psalms.” (St. Ambrose)

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2 responses to “Psalms say it all

  1. karen meer

    the psalms do give me comfort, however I never thought to ask myself ,”Why?”. your explanation hit home because the repetition, and simple phrases offer a quick way to make an emotional connection with God. Instant gratification of a good kind!
    I guess that is the special grace!

  2. I’ve always loved the Psalms as ways to connect with the One who gives life to me and all creation. Some psalms speak of battles fought; wars won; enemies defeated and victory. Though not in actual combat myself, I still relate to the description of dependence on God in every aspect of life. Psalm 103,12-13 are a constant reminder of God’s unconditional love:
    R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
    As far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he put our transgressions from us.
    As a father has compassion on his children,
    so the LORD has compassion on those who revere the Almighty.

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