Praying the Psalms – Psalm 56

February 5, 2011

King David Playing the Zither, Andrea Celesti (1637-1712 Venice), oil on canvas, private collection

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Poor King David!  The Philistines were holding him in Geth and things were not going well.  David as a prefigure of Christ laments his situation.  We can hear Christ sighing through him in the Garden of Gethsemane, and the Church, the Body of Christ repeating these same prayers today.

vs. 1-7 Have pity on me, O God, for men trample upon me; all the day they press their attack against me.  My adversaries trample upon me all the day; yes, many fight against me. O Most High, when I begin to fear, in You will I trust.  In God, in whose promise I glory, in God I trust without fear; what can flesh do against me? All the day they molest me in my efforts; their every thought is of evil against me. They gather together in hiding, they watch my steps.  As they have waited for my life , because of their wickedness keep them in view; in Your wrath bring down the peoples, O God . [What can flesh do against anyone of us?  We Christians are attacked day and night by the fallen angels and by our fellow man, but the only thing we must fear is the one who can cast us into hell (Lk. 12: 4).  We were made for heaven.  Although the demons of hell seek to triumph over us, if we trust in God He will bring them down.

Blessed are those who suffer persecution for justice’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 5:10). Lord, watch over our fellow Christians in the lands where they are murdered daily because of their faith.  Give me the strength to stand up to persecution and witness faithfully to You no matter how strongly the Adversary attacks under whatever guise he assumes.  Let me be willing to die for You.]

vs. 8-14 My wanderings You have counted; my tears are stored in Your flask; are they not recorded in Your book?  Then do my enemies turn back when I call upon you; now I know that God is with me.  In God, in whose promise I glory, in God I trust without fear; what can flesh do against me?  I am bound, O God, by vows to You; Your thank offerings I will fulfill.  For You have rescued me from death, my feet, too, from stumbling; that I may walk before God in the light of the living. [We plead for Divine pity with the confidence that our Father in heaven hears us.  As He knows when each hair of our head falls, He sees every tear we, His little ones shed. Few of us can stand up to defamation without fighting back, but David and Christ submit it to the Father in the dark of night, glorifying Him.

I am bound to You, O Lord, through my Baptismal vows.  Like King David, I am Your anointed one through the merits of Christ. In thanksgiving to You I assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  In the sacrament of Confession you have rescued me from death, from every stumble.  Keep watch over me that I may walk before You in Your light with the angels and saints.  Lord, I am weak.  I can glory only in Your promise.]

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V.  Praised be Jesus Christ!

R.  Now and forever.  Amen.

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Saturday, February 5th, 2011 Praying the Psalms

1 Comment to Praying the Psalms – Psalm 56

  1. Barb,
    I always enjoy your posts on the Psalms. Your words are always insightful and your prayers are beautiful. God bless you, my friend.
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  2. Mary333 on February 8th, 2011


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