Sunday, August 20, 2017

Psalms 131-135 from my new book:

A NEW LOOK AT THE OLD PSALMS
Praying the Psalms: a modern interpretation

A New Look at the Old Psalms

____________________

I present here a new perspective on the psalms. I have rewritten them from a New 
Testament Christ-centered point of view. I did not try to capture the poetry of the 
psalms – I leave that to more gifted writers – but I attempted to capture their message
with a more modern interpretation.
God bless,
John
____________________


Psalm 131

L
ord, accepting one’s limitations is sometimes a hard lesson to learn. I was a man with high ambition bent on accomplishing great things. I did not ask for your help because I thought I could be successful without you. How wrong I was. I was blinded by my own pride that took me from one failure to another. Life has truly beaten me down, and you see before you a humble man. Forgive me, Lord, for not trusting you more. I now place myself in your hands like a young child totally dependent on its mother. May all God’s children learn to trust in the Lord now and forever. Amen.


Psalm 132

R
emember, Lord, David’s humility and the oath he swore that he would not rest until the Ark of the Covenant had a permanent home in Jerusalem. Today we worship you in the Tabernacle on the altar. The priest offers the body and blood of Christ to you in the sacrifice of the Mass. He leads the congregation in adoration and praise of the Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – whose blessings he draws down from heaven on the faithful who rejoice in God’s presence.

Lord, for the sake of David, your servant, you remember the vow you made to him. You swore that you would place one of his descendants, the Messiah, on his throne if they would honor the commandments you gave them. Christ brought the fullness of redemption to all your people.

Christ’s Church is now the permanent resting place for God, and he will remain with his Church until the end of the ages. He will bless his people by providing for their spiritual and physical needs. Through the intercession of his priests, the faithful will receive God’s blessings: their daily bread for nourishment and the bread of life in Holy Communion to sustain them on their spiritual journey. And the righteous will praise the Lord for their salvation.

The Lord strengthened the descendants of David until Christ appeared. Jesus is the light of the world, the Anointed One who will defeat God’s enemies. He rules heaven and earth with full authority from God.


Psalm 133

L
ord, how good and pleasant it is when the faithful gather together in your Church to praise you. Just as oil poured over the face and clothes of the Jewish priests consecrated them in God’s service, your faithful, by coming together as the body of Christ, dedicate themselves to you. Like dew flowing down a mountain side causes plants to grow, so the gathering of God’s people refreshes their spirit in order that they may be able to continue their sometimes harsh pilgrimage. It is in his Church that God blesses his people and brings them to eternal life.66


Psalm 134

I
n this evening prayer of praise, the priest calls upon the faithful servants of the Lord, who stand before the Tabernacle in the Church on earth and who will one day stand in the halls of heaven, to lift up their hands and worship the Lord. Then he gives his final blessing: “May the Holy Trinity — the Father, who created the universe; the Son, who rules heaven and earth; and the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life who fills us with grace to strengthen us on our journey — bless you all. This Mass is ended, although your pilgrimage continues. Go forth and glorify the Lord by your life. Amen.”


Psalm 135

L
et all the servants of the Lord, who are gathered together in his Church on earth and stand before the throne of God in heaven, make his praise glorious. Sing to the Lord, for in his goodness he chose Israel to be his special treasure.

The Lord is great and above all other gods that men have made and worship. Whatever the Lord willed came into being: heaven and earth; oceans and seas; clouds, lightning, rain, and wind. He shocked the people of Egypt with his plagues, including the death of the firstborn of all men and animals, to force Pharaoh to set the Jewish people free. He defeated the rulers of many kingdoms and gave their lands to his people.

The Lord is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. All generations will remember how he accomplished their salvation. He will bring justice to his people and have compassion for his servants.

False idols are just statues made of silver and gold by misguided men. They cannot speak, see, hear, smell, feel, walk, breathe, or make any noise at all. People who make and worship such dead objects are as brainless as the objects themselves.

May all God’s children praise the Lord. May all who stand in awe of the Almighty, who deigns to dwell in our midst, magnify the Lord. Alleluia!
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66The Psalms, New International Version, St. Joseph Catholic Edition
(New Jersey: Catholic Book Publishing Corp., 1996), 353-354.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Psalms 125-130 from my new book:

A NEW LOOK AT THE OLD PSALMS
Praying the Psalms: a modern interpretation

A New Look at the Old Psalms

____________________

I present here a new perspective on the psalms. I have rewritten them from a New 
Testament Christ-centered point of view. I did not try to capture the poetry of the 
psalms – I leave that to more gifted writers – but I attempted to capture their message
with a more modern interpretation.
God bless,
John
____________________


Psalm 125

G
od’s people and his Church are firmly established. His Church, like Mount Zion, is unshakeable. His people, likewise, are unwavering in their belief that he will save them. Just as Mount Zion surrounds the city of Jerusalem, his Church envelopes his people in its protective arms now and forever.  The Lord will not allow his people to be overcome by the ungodly, for they would eventually corrupt his faithful. Lord, do good to the righteous, but drive away the wicked. Place them with the other lost souls who are traveling on the road to perdition. Give peace to your people, Lord.

Psalm 126

W
hen the Lord delivered us from the enemy, we were so happy. Nonbelievers heard our words of excitement and were amazed at what the Lord had done for us. Indeed, he freed us from the enemy’s snares, and our sorrow became great joy. Now, Lord, help us to focus on the road ahead and keep up the good fight. Help us to grow in faith, just as desert rains bring sudden growth to what was dry and barren. The road will be difficult to travel at times, but with your help we will reach our final destination: heaven.

Psalm 127

W
ithout God’s help, Christ’s Church could never achieve universal appeal. As Jesus said, “Apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 (NLT) Lacking the Lord’s guidance and protection, the Church and all its faithful would not be able to ward off the enemy. Its future would be bleak indeed. Unless we trust in God, our efforts will yield limited results.
Yet the Lord pours blessings on those who hope in him. Even our children are a gift from God, for he gives them to us to protect and support the family. They will also ensure that the bloodline of his faithful will continue into perpetuity. Parents without resource or who are weak in health will be particularly grateful that they have children to assist them financially in their old age and defend them against unjust treatment.64

Psalm 128

B
lessed are you who take the high road to heaven. Your efforts will be rewarded, and God will look favorably upon you. He will take your spouse and children under his sheltering wings. He truly has a soft spot in his heart for those who revere him. May the Lord bless you and protect you; may he look with favor upon you and be gracious to you; and may he give you peace by providing all that you need to live life abundantly. Amen. 

Psalm 129

S
ince I was young, evil has sought to capture my soul, but I was not overcome. The devil never tired of scheming in secret to drive me off the road, but the Lord foiled his plans at every turn. Let those who hate God’s people be disgraced and sent packing. Let them be like grass that withers in the noonday sun, or that the reaper refuses to gather into sheaves. May no one wish them well or lift a finger to help them.

Psalm 130

F

rom the depths of despair, I beg you, Lord, to hear me. Let my humble prayer not fall upon deaf ears. Lord, if you held us accountable for every sin we committed, who could survive even for a second standing before you? But you are so forgiving. That is why I have waited so patiently, from morning to night, in hope of your absolution. May all God’s children never lose hope in the Lord, for he is merciful and eager to forgive. Indeed, he forgave all of us when he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, who died not just for my sins, but for the sins of all his Church. Amen.65
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64John Brook, The School of Prayer. (Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1992), 353-355.
65Ibid., p. 378-379

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Psalms 120-124 from my new book:

A NEW LOOK AT THE OLD PSALMS
Praying the Psalms: a modern interpretation

A New Look at the Old Psalms

____________________

I present here a new perspective on the psalms. I have rewritten them from a New 
Testament Christ-centered point of view. I did not try to capture the poetry of the 
psalms – I leave that to more gifted writers – but I attempted to capture their message
with a more modern interpretation.
God bless,
John
____________________


Psalm 120

(If Psalm 119 described the roadmap to heaven, then Psalms 120-134 depict the obstacles along the road that threaten to detour us or even lead us to a dead end. But we do not walk alone. God is our travel companion and he is always ready to fix our flat tire, give us a lift, or defend us against evil highwaymen.)

T
he devil conceals many traps along the road to heaven. Evil is always waiting to tempt us to take a detour that leads away from God.
I cried out to the Lord when I found myself attacked by the wicked. Save me, Lord, from these unjust and deceitful people. As Jesus said, “The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you.” John 15:19 (NLT)

I felt like I was traveling through a barbarian land full of ungodly people. The Lord heard me. He knows how to deal with evil and then some. His arrows are sharp, as anyone knows who has been tried and tested by him. His coals are hot, like the ones that rained down on Sodom. I love peace, but all the enemy wants is war!


Psalm 121

S
o I lifted my eyes to God looking for his help. He created the universe. He certainly has the power to protect me. He will keep me from tripping on the stones in the road. He never sleeps, so he is always watching over me. He is my shelter and my strength. He will not let evil befall me. He will protect me from the heat of the sun and the evil that lurks in the shadows beneath the moon. He holds my soul in the palms of his hands. He observes everything I do and is ready to defend me now and until the end of time. “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow — not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below — indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Rom 8:38-39 (NLT)


Psalm 122

T
hank God there were other travelers with me who encouraged me to seek sanctuary in Christ’s Church. It is there that all God’s children come together as one to thank the Lord for watching over them as they continue their journey to heaven. In his Church, those who love God will find justice, peace, and the spiritual wellbeing that God wishes for all his creatures. Let us all pray that God’s kingdom of heaven will soon be established on earth. As Jesus prayed, “May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” Matt 6:9-13 (NLT)


Psalm 123

L
ord, we look to you in heaven as a servant looks to his master, or a maid looks to her mistress for the slightest indication of a wish or command to be performed. And we will keep looking until you show us compassion. Have mercy on us, Lord, for the world hates us. The arrogant show us nothing but contempt. We are a disgrace to the rich. Yet if we must endure such suffering, let it be for my and the world’s salvation. Jesus said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.” Amen. Luke 9:23 (NLT)


Psalm 124

W
ithout the Lord, the wicked would have overwhelmed us. We would have drowned in the torrent of their anger. Let us praise God for protecting and delivering us from the trap the ungodly set for us. The Lord, who created the universe, saved his lowly creatures from destruction. 

____________________


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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Psalm 119 from my new book:

A NEW LOOK AT THE OLD PSALMS
Praying the Psalms: a modern interpretation

A New Look at the Old Psalms

____________________

I present here a new perspective on the psalms. I have rewritten them from a New 
Testament Christ-centered point of view. I did not try to capture the poetry of the 
psalms – I leave that to more gifted writers – but I attempted to capture their message
with a more modern interpretation.
God bless,
John
____________________


Psalm 119

(This psalm describes the highway to heaven.)

B
lessed are they who follow the path of Christ and obey the Lord’s commandments. They love him with all their heart. Those who disobey his laws are on the road to perdition.

I went looking for you, Lord, and found your words of life. I have hidden them in my heart. I delight in your laws more than a rich man values his gold. I meditate on your statutes all day long to better understand and know you with my whole heart. How I will rejoice once I have learned the wisdom that they teach.

You are the keeper of my soul. You know that I live every day of my life according to your precepts. Your word has become a part of my life. Your laws bring great joy to my heart, a heart that is forever dedicated to doing your will. To live my life according to your will is the only reward I seek.

Your truth, O Lord, is eternal. Since the foundation of the world, all creation has obeyed your statutes. Your word illuminates the path before me. Without your direction, my soul would have perished in sin. Your commandments are dear to me, Lord, for they are the words of life.

All your decrees are righteous and will endure eternally. They are filled with what is right and true. Your words have stood the test of time, and I love them. Though I am a man without much experience or reputation, I know the truth when I see it. Teach me your ordinances, so that I may share them with others. Your precepts give much peace and delight to those who love them.

You are righteous, Lord, and your laws are fair. Your words give me hope. Your statutes are wonderful and provide so much insight. Yet even a child can understand them. I understand more than all my teachers and elders. How sweet are your teachings; they are sweeter than honey. They taught me to detest everything that is unrighteous. I will boast of your commandments, for they are right and just.

It is my pleasure, Lord, to follow your statutes. I love your commandments. I cannot stop praising your righteous decrees. I awake at midnight to thank you for your just ordinances because your laws keep me righteous. May my words of gratitude be acceptable to you.

Your words are uplifting. Therefore, I will follow your precepts forever. I will boast of your laws everywhere I go, even before kings, for your decrees are perfect and impartial. I will memorize what they say. They are always on my mind.

How shall we remain innocent if we ignore your words? My soul has always longed to know your ways, for I see how you scold the arrogant and condemn the wicked. Do not count me among those sinners, Lord, for I seek to do your will. I only associate with those who love you and obey your laws. Powerful people have sought to dissuade me from following your commandments, but your precepts are all I think about. They are the counsels by which I live.

I confessed my sins to you, so teach me how not to sin again. My soul was weak before I discovered your statutes. Root me firmly now in your word. Have mercy on me and let me not fall into temptation. Your truth is what I seek, and I embrace it. Let me not be humiliated before the naysayers, for I have been following your path ever since you replaced my stone heart with a tender heart filled with love for you.

Before you chastised me, I used to sin. But now I obey your teachings. I am fortunate that you disciplined me. If you had not humbled me, I would not have learned about your laws. I gave your precepts careful thought and decided to follow them. Your words are now more valuable to me than all the world’s riches. Let the arrogant who treated me unjustly be disgraced. As for me, I will continue to concentrate on your commandments. May your laws help me to avoid sin and the disappointment of having failed you.

Even now I am surrounded by arrogant sinners who tempt me to join them in their evil ways, but I hold fast to your laws. Evil pursues me at every corner, but I keep the faith in your word. The more foolishly the ungodly act, the more I long for you. They ignore your teachings, but I love them. Evil tries to trap me, but your decrees keep me from falling. I see how limited and flawed we humans are, but you and your commandments are limitless and perfect. That is why I cling to your statutes. The hearts of the wicked are bitter, but I meditate on the sweetness of your precepts.

I detest sinners, but love your law. I reject the wicked, for I live according to your commandments. You reject those who ignore your statutes, for they prefer evil over good. Do not regard me as a sinner, for I follow your precepts. Let me never cease to worship you, for I would dread your judgment for having offended you.

I felt the shame of my former sinful life, but your words comforted me. I know what you decree is truth, and I was chastened so that I could see the value of that truth. I learned my lesson: follow your laws diligently and that will keep me from sinning against you.

Although I saw the arrogant sometimes go unpunished, I was never tempted to abandon your decrees. Past experience taught me that sinners eventually receive their comeuppance, and that consoled me. However, I did get depressed when I saw sinners break your laws, seemingly without consequence. At such times, I would recall how they used to sing songs to me about your statutes when I was young. I used to dream about them. I remembered that you promised to hold all sinners accountable for their transgressions. Therefore, I left matters of crime and punishment up to you and continued to obey your laws.

How zealous I became to correct those who ignore your words, for those who do not keep your commandments risk damnation. I hate sin, but love your law. May I always follow your precepts to avoid the shame of sin.

Whenever I am in distress, I seek comfort in your word. Your truth never fails to help me keep things in perspective and uplift my spirits. I rely on your precepts in times of trouble. I use your words against those who mock me. Your commandments teach me wisdom that enables me to outsmart my enemies. I will heed their message forever.  

The devil is not one to take things lying down. Powerful people attacked me for no reason. They have no regard for your laws. I kept studying your teachings, but I got no comfort from them. I felt dried up and useless, but I still believed in your word. I would complain, “How long do I have to wait for you to stop those who are attacking me? The wicked have their own set of rules by which they live, but their rules are not like yours. You teach only the truth. The enemy is persecuting me unfairly. Look how they have humiliated me. Have mercy and save me, for I have always obeyed your precepts. Intercede for me and be my redeemer, just like you promised. Come to my aid.”

They almost killed me, but I clung fast to your commandments. I got up in the middle of the night to pray for help, for your awesome words gave me hope. They filled me with great joy, as if I had just found a hidden treasure of immense value. Because I trusted your word, I knew you would help and protect me when I called upon your name.

“I strive to do what is right and just, Lord. Protect me from those who seek to harm me. Take your servant away from what is evil. Prevent the arrogant from making false accusations against me. I grow weak waiting for your help. Have mercy on me, Lord, and show me how to deal with such evil. Now is the time for you to settle with those who have sinned against you. Because I treasure your commandments above all riches, I avoid everything that does not reflect your goodness. Guide me and let no evil overcome me. Defend me against slanderers, and I will continue to obey your laws. I am heartbroken when I see others ignore your precepts.

Bless me, Lord, for I follow your statutes. Help me to understand the wisdom that they teach. I am just a pilgrim passing through this life. Show me the path you want me to pursue. I must, for the time being, live on this earth, so show me how to live this life according to your laws. Help me to understand your teachings so that they may be more firmly established in my heart. Show me how to avoid greediness and vanity. Teach me how not to offend you, Lord, and remove the shame of my past failures. I long to live a new life now, a life guided by your commandments.

Teach me to be good and instruct me in your ways, for I believe what you say is true. Since you are goodness itself, be good to me, Lord, and ground me in your statutes. You created me, so show me how to act. Surround me with those who love you and respect your precepts. God-fearing people will rejoice when they see how I hope in your sayings. Give me the wisdom to serve you properly. Hear my prayer and help me to understand your word. Give me eternal life, for I love your law.

Have mercy and save your servant, Lord, as you promised in your teachings. I was suffering greatly, and I swore that I would keep your commandments if you would let me live in security and peace. So give me life, Lord, as you promised.

Lord, your mercy knows no bounds. Show me the same mercy that you have shown to others who love you. My soul longs to be saved. As you promised, Lord, strengthen me so that I may live life abundantly here on earth and enjoy eternal life with you in the world to come. Do not disappoint me. I count on your help for my salvation because I obey your decrees.

Lord, hear my prayer and rescue me. You said you would save me if I kept your commandments. In your mercy, answer my prayer and revive my spirit. I know you are near, Lord, and that I can always count on your word, for truth is always reliable. I learned long ago that your statutes will be valid forever. In your compassion, Lord, give me life, for that is what you have sworn to do for those who obey your law. Be merciful and bring my soul back to life.

Lord, I cherish your commands. You see how I obey them because all my ways are known to you. Deliver me, for that is what you promise in your laws. I will always obey your statutes, so do not forsake me. I love only you, Lord.”

And the Lord answered my prayer and saved me.

“Lord, you have been good to me and kept your vow. My soul will spend eternity with you in heaven giving you praise. Your word redeemed me. I strayed like a lost sheep, but you came and found me. I am your servant, Lord, and I will never forget your commandments. Alleluia!”
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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Psalms 117-118 from my new book:

A NEW LOOK AT THE OLD PSALMS
Praying the Psalms: a modern interpretation

A New Look at the Old Psalms

____________________

I present here a new perspective on the psalms. I have rewritten them from a New 
Testament Christ-centered point of view. I did not try to capture the poetry of the 
psalms – I leave that to more gifted writers – but I attempted to capture their message
with a more modern interpretation.
God bless,
John
____________________


Psalm 117

E
xalt the Lord, all you nations. Worship him, all peoples of the world, for God’s will is to save everyone. He cares for all the earth’s inhabitants with the same love and compassion he showed to the Jewish nation. And his truth — the spirit of Christ — will abide forever in those who believe in him. Alleluia!62


Psalm 118

L
et us thank the Lord for his love, compassion, and unending faithfulness. Let all those who worship the Lord proclaim his mercy and acknowledge his eternal loyalty to his covenant.

When I was in distress, I called upon the Lord, and he helped me. What can man do to me with God by my side? My enemies have no power over me because I trust in the Lord and not in men or rulers.

I was fenced in by the wicked, like a honeycomb surrounded by bees. They fumed with anger, but I defeated them with the Lord’s help. I was assaulted and humiliated, almost to the point of falling, but the Lord strengthened me, and now I praise him for saving me.

The righteous celebrate the saving power of God, for he gave me the victory. I did not die, but lived to give glory to God for all he had done for me. Yes, he did chastise me because I had gone astray, but he allowed me to live. Now I see the light of his truth, embrace it, and thank him for it. All his faithful ones will cling to his truth. Thank you, Lord, for answering my prayer and saving me.

Jesus himself was attacked and disgraced by his own people, yet he became the foundation of God’s Church on earth. This was the Father’s doing, and it was a sight to behold, just as when he raised Christ from the dead, and we were so happy.

Save us, Lord, and help us to live life abundantly. Blessed is the one who professes his faith in you. Your Church praises you, for you are our God and have revealed yourself to us in your Son. As we once spread our palms to welcome Jesus to Jerusalem, we celebrate his resurrection by acknowledging that he is our Lord and our God. We exalt him and give him thanks for our salvation.

Let us thank the Lord for his love, compassion, and unending faithfulness. Let all those who worship the Lord proclaim his mercy and acknowledge his eternal loyalty to his covenant. Amen. Alleluia!63
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62John Brook, The School of Prayer. (Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1992), 220.
63The Orthodox Study Bible. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2008), 760..

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