Saturday, June 2, 2012

Psalm 50: Pray the Divine Office

This morning's Office of Readings includes Psalm 50, which quite forcibly tells us psalm-sayers that we are on the right track:

Give your praise as a sacrifice to God and fulfill your vows to the Most High.
Then call on me n the day of distress. I will deliver you and you shall honor me.
And if we didn't catch the message there, the antiphon drives it home: A sacrifice of praise will give me glory.
Finally, the Psalm Prayer ties together the sacrifice of Christ and our sacrifice of praise:

Father, because Jesus, your servant, became obedient even unto death, his sacrifice was greater than all holocausts of old. Accept the sacrifice of praise we offer you through him, and may we show the effects of it in our lives by striving to do your will until our whole life becomes adoration in spirit and truth.

I think this is one of the few times where, in the psalter itself, we consider and remark on what it is we are hoping to do by praying it.
"Til our whole life becomes adoration" Now there's a great motto and a great aim.