TODAY'S THEME: The Gradual Psalms:119-133
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I wait with longing for the Lord,
my soul waits for his word.
My soul looks for the Lord
more than sentinels for daybreak.
More than sentinels at daybreak,
let Israel look for the Lord,
For with the Lord is kindness,
with him is full redemption,
And God will redeem Israel
from all their sins.

Psalm 130: 5-8
New American Bible


We should have a special love for the Gradual Psalms (119-133).
Perhaps these short, joyful songs are the most beautiful in the whole
Psalter. They are full of light and confidence. They bring God very
close to us. They open our hearts to the secret action of His peace
and to His silent grace. St. Augustine calls them the Psalms of our
journey to the heavenly Jerusalem. Indeed, they are supposed to have
been the favorite songs of pilgrims traveling to the earthly Jerusalem
before the time of Christ. Hence their name "Gradual" Psalms
for the "stages" (degrees-gradus) of the journey.

Excerpted from  "Praying the Psalms,"
by Thomas Merton
The Liturgical Press, 1956

I raise my eyes upon the mountains; whence will come my help?
My help is from Hashem, Maker of heaven and earth. He will not
allow your foot to falter; you Guardian will not slumber. Behold, He
neither slumbers nor sleeps, the Guardian of Israel. Hashem is your
Guardian; Hashem is your protective Shade at your right hand. By
day the sun will not harm you, nor the moon by night. Hashem
will protect you from every evil; He will guard your soul.
Hashem will guard your departure and your arrival,
from this time and forever.

Psalm 121
The Stone Edition Tanach


Praising God in the words of the Psalms, we can come to know Him
better. Knowing Him better we love Him better, loving Him better
we find our happiness in Him.

Excerpted from "Praying the Psalms,"
by Thomas Merton
The Liturgical Press, 1956

Blessed are the undefiled in the way;
Who walk in the law of the Lord!
Blessed are those who keep His testimonies,
Who seek Him with the whole heart!
They also do no iniquity;
They walk in His ways.

I will praise You with uprightness of heart,
When I learn Your righteous commandments.
I will keep Your statutes;
Oh, do not forsake me utterly!

Psalm 119: 1-3, 7-8
The Holy Bible
New King James Version


...(The) Psalm specially devoted to the Law is 119, the longest
in the whole collection...this poem is not, and does not pretend
to be, a sudden outpouring of the heart like, say, Psalm 18. It
is a pattern, a thing done like embroidery, stitch by stitch,
through long, quiet hours, for love of the subject and for
the delight in leisurely, disciplined craftsmanship...
it is the language of a man ravished by a moral beauty.

Excerpted from "Reflections on the Psalms,"
by C. S. Lewis
Harcourt Inc., 1986

And now, the Last Word:

The function of the Psalms is to
reveal to us God as the "treasure"
whom we love because He has
first loved us, and to hide us,
heart and soul, in the depths
of His infinite Light.

Thomas Merton
Trappist monk and author












































Bonus quote:

If we have listening ears, God speaks to us
in our own language, whatever that language is.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)



On today's
Home Page:

The Book of Psalms;
Thomas Merton;
C. S. Lewis


Wednesday's site:
The Infinite Father


Blessed Weekend!