Praise and comfort in the power and goodness of God abound in this psalm. It is an acrostic poem, as each of the twenty-two lines begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Every verse contains two lines, except verses 9 and 10, which have three. In the original Hebrew, each line usually consists of just three words.
Could you find English words from A to V that would summarize the sense of each of the lines for you? For example, the world “all” comes to my mind for the first verse—with all of my heart.
Another idea … Take each verse for ten of the waking hours of your day. You will be held aloft by the verses of this psalm from the beginning to the end of your day. From A to Z Jesus will be your Alpha and Omega.
Giving thanks with all my heart v. 1
You’re gracious and merciful v. 4
You’re mindful of covenant v. 5
Faithful and just are Your works. v. 7
This is the third of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year C.
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Wednesdays are dedicated the Psalms.
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