“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. In verdant pastures he gives me repose; beside restful waters he leads me; he refreshes my soul. He guides me in right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side with your rod and your staff that give me courage. You spread the table before me in the sight of my foes; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for years to come.” ~Psalm 23
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Psalm 23 (selected from our readings this weekend) is perhaps the best known and recognized psalm verse in the Bible. It is a psalm that gives comfort and hope. It reminds us that God loves us with a depth of love that is certain and eternal. Our Lord, the Good Shepherd, will never abandon us or our loved ones at the time of death. Psalm 23 is truly powerful. But so are the other psalms!
Originally the psalms were composed as songs and intended to be sung. They are attributed to the work of King David who would sing and dance before the Lord, even when he was ridiculed by onlookers for doing so. Nothing was holding King David back from his love and praise for God. The psalms have endured ever since and express the full gamut and depth of human emotion. The psalms express a longing for God that no other prayer can match. For centuries the psalms have been incorporated into the daily prayer of the church found in every monastery, abbey and cloistered community. Priests and deacons are obligated to pray using the psalms in the Liturgy of the Hours. We pray the psalms at every Mass that is celebrated and sing the psalms at Sunday liturgies because they were intended to be sung.
It is summer-time and a great time to do some extra reading. Check out the psalms in your own bible. You may be surprised a psalm-prayer that matches the longing you have for God in your heart.
May God Bless You!