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Psalms

A study of the Psalms based upon the Liturgy of the Hours including canticles from outside the Book of Psalms


Further Introduction to the Psalms

May 24, 2018

This study further introduces the Psalms including their use in Liturgy and communal prayer.


Introduction to the Divine Office

May 24, 2018

This study introduces the Liturgy of the Hours as an example of using the Psalms in communal prayer.


Psalm 25: Keys to Prayer

July 26, 2018

This study began our exposition of Psalm 25.  We noted that it addressed major themes of prayer such as recollection and contemplation.  We looked at issues of justice and persecution and examples of Satan as our accuser.  We cited the need to always ask for our eyes to be opened to see what we do not see and explored the connection between God being good and His showing sinners the way.


Psalm 4: Recovering from Rebellion

September 20, 2018

This study explores Psalm 4 as a possible response of David to Absalom's rebellion.  We branched into how we can and must find joy in our afflictions, digressed into one reason for intercessory prayer including prayer to Saints, and concluded with a discussion of complete trust in and surrender to the will of God.


Rev 4:11, 5:9-10,12: Praise the Lamb Who Makes Us a Kingdom and Priests

January 17, 2019

In this study, we look at a canticle of praise comprised of several verses in Revelation 4 and 5 used as the last of the psalms in the Evening Office for the Solemnity of All Saints.  We also examine the verses in between to gain context.  This leads us primarily to a discussion of how great Jesus is, how He is the bridge between the Creator and creation, the Mediator, the Way, how He Himself is the Gospel, and why we would burst into such praise of Him.  We explore some of the Old Testament images and themes used by John in Revelation.  We digress a bit about how our prayers and lives can be a pleasing aroma to God as well as on the Millennium and possible answers to the question of over whom the Saints reign in the Kingdom.  We then stopped the cameras and prayed the Evening Office together.


Psalm 142: Sharing Our Worries With God

August 22, 2019

In our study of Psalm 142, we begin by noting how the Hebrew of the psalm is much later than David even though it claims to be a psalm of David and how the psalmist sees his present distress in the life of David.  We then do the same and discuss honestly sharing our complaints, difficulties, and pain with God.  We see how the psalmist, Jeremiah, and even Jesus Himself does this all the while completely trusting in God.  We also note some of the messianic overtones of the psalm, explore how our suffering and deliverance can be important to others, and conclude by considering the bounty of God toward us and our great hope in Him.




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