Thursday, June 23, 2011
Prayer Book Par Excellence
This is how the Holy Father described the Book of Psalms today in his continuing catechesis on prayer. The Psalms have always been one of my favorite books in Sacred Scripture. When I read the pope's words on these beautiful prayers, I realized why~because as he says, the psalms are speaking to God with the words of God. What better way to pray.
In the 150 prayers that make up the Book of Psalms, there is a prayer for every mood and emotion we human beings can have. In the words of the Holy Father, the psalms "express all human experience" Whenever I feel drawn to Scripture, but don't know where to go, I go to the psalms. In these beautiful prayers I find the words of praise, thanksgiving, lamentation and petition in a way God wishes me to pray them.
If we need any more reason to pray the psalms, perhaps the best one is that Jesus Himself prayed them until His dying breath. Pope Benedict also expands on this point as well.
If you are someone who struggles with prayer, (that is all of us at various times)you might want to go to the Book of Psalms and let the Holy Spirit guide you to the one you most need to pray at the moment.
You can read the Holy Father's catechesis in its entirety here.
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.