Pray the Psalms

26 Apr

The Word of God is like a lighthouse when you are troubled or sorrowful. The Psalms are perfect prayers. Read them … no, pray them and come to know the great goodness of God.

 

Ah, the weight of sin, the wonder of salvation! The psalms say it so well – that agony of separation from God and the joy of mercy, forgiveness and reconciliation. 

 I kept it secret and my frame was wasted.

 I groaned all day long, for night and day

         your hand was heavy upon me.

         Indeed, my strength was dried up

         as by the summer’s heat.

 

   But now I have acknowledged my sins;

         my guilt I did not hide.

         I said, “I will confess my offense to the Lord.” 

         And you, Lord, have forgiven the guilt of my sin. (Psalm 32:3-5) 

God loves you so very much. No matter what you do, no matter how many times you turn away from him, he welcomes you back, heals you and again sanctifies you. 

How respond to such love? Only by loving him in return. And how love him in a way that does honor to his immense holiness, his love? 

It’s so simple.  

You just give yourself to him, as you are, every minute and moment of you life. In your every “NOW,” for that’s all you control of your life – NOW, give yourself to him. 

Even – no, especially – if you are in sin, give yourself to him. He wants to save you, to hold you close in his divine love and mercy. It is for your sin that he died on the cross. So go to him, the Crucified One, when you have failed him. 

If you do that, you will know his love quite intimately and with St. Peter you can rejoice: 

Although you have never seen him, you love him, and without seeing you now believe in him, and rejoice with inexpressible joy touched with glory because you are achieving faith’s goal, your salvation. (1 Peter 1-9)

 

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