#CCLent17 / Day 24 / March 28 / Hearing Christ in the Psalms

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‘Solitude of Christ,’ M. Dennis

O Lord my God, in you do I take refuge;
    save me from all my pursuers and deliver me
(Psalm 7:1)

The Psalms are the most “human” of the Bible’s sacred texts, reflecting like a mirror every emotion and condition. Yet, as Patrick Reardon explains, there is another voice we need to hear:

The humanism of the Psalter is a humanism rooted in the Incarnation. The Psalter is not human merely because it speaks for man in general, but because it speaks for Christ. The underlying voice of the Psalms is not simply “man,” but the Man. To enter into the prayer of this book is not merely to share the sentiments of King David, or Asaph, or one of the other inspired poets. Indeed, in a theological sense the voices of these men are secondary, hardly more important than our own. The foundational voice of the Psalms, the underlying bass line of its harmony is, rather, the voice of Jesus Christ, the only Mediator between God and man….To pray this psalm properly is to enter into the mind of the Lord in the context of His redemptive Passion.    (Christ in the Psalms, Psalm 7)

Read and pray Psalm 7. This week we will look at other Psalms in which we clearly hear Jesus’ underlying voice .

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