Good News in the Wednesday Psalms

Only eleven Psalms of the one hundred and fifty in Sacred Scripture are Included in the Wednesday Morning Prayers. It seems I should have them memorized by now. But my mind doesn’t work that way.

Here they are with Christian Prayer page numbers.

Invitatory (Every week) – 95 (P 688)
Week 1 – 36 and 47 (Page 738)
Week 2 – 77 and 97 (Page 812)
Week 3 – 86 and 90 (Page 886)
Week 4 – 108 and 146 (Page 958)
Feast Days – 63 and 149 (Page 707)

Given current gloominess, I thought it might be helpful to just look through these Psalms and seek out the Good News in each. Criteria were that the good news had to be only about God and not about me or us or the Israelites and their military victories or defeats. No whining, no lamenting, no confessing, no pleas for help or mercy or victory and not even any thanksgiving. Just about God.

Here is what I found, using the translation in Christian Prayer:

Psalm 95:3 – The Lord is God, the mighty God, the great king over all the gods.

Psalm 36:8 – O Lord, how precious is your love.

Psalm 47:8 – God is king of all the earth.

Psalm 77:14 – Your ways, O God, are holy.

Psalm 97:1 – The Lord is king, let earth rejoice.

Psalm 86:5 – O Lord, you are good and forgiving, full of love to all who call.

Psalm 98 – Didn’t find a verse meeting the criteria.

Psalm 108:5 – For your love reaches to the heavens and your truth to the skies.

Psalm 146:10 – The Lord will reign forever, Zion’s God, from age to age. (Oops. Zion crept in.)

Psalm 63:4a – For your love is better than life.

Psalm 149 – Didn’t find a verse meeting the criteria.

The Psalmists, of course, did not have the benefit of having had Jesus, God in Flesh, walk among them, revealing the Triune God as described in Philippians 2.

Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.

That seems to be consistent with the truths expressed in the Psalms about God but with deeper understanding.

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