Monday, March 24, 2014

Day 20: Praying the Psalms

A couple of weeks ago, I recommended reading Psalm 51 as a Lenten practice.  In reality, all the psalms are a treasure that we have that help us focus our attention and praise on our God.  The psalm in today's Mass continues the theme of thirsting for God as we read from Psalm 42:  "Athirst is my soul for the living God?  When shall I go and behold the face of God? (verse 3)"  Our souls are indeed longing for God because there is nothing on this earth that can satisfy our thirst for him. 
The psalms take us through all of human emotions when it comes to our relationship with God: from despair to anguish to hope to consolation to longing to praise and adoration.  The entirety of Psalm 42 is a good psalm to meditate on today in its totality, but we all have a favorite psalm.  Sometime during this Lent, read your favorite psalm slowly and exult in the wealth we have in these wonderful treasures of the Bible.