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The psalm stretches to God beyond the grasp of enemies. This made it the favorite of Martin Luther. As a lover of sacred music, Luther must have found solace recalling our Israelite ancestors and the festival marches to Zion, the hill where Jerusalem rests. Jesus sung this and the other Hallel psalms (113—118) while going from the Last Supper to the Garden of Gethsemane. As did Jesus, Luther knew how many and great were the adversaries against him as the vision of a more pure church gripped his entire being. He writes, “This is the psalm that I love …for it has often served me well and has helped me out of great troubles, when neither emperors, kings, wise men, clever men, nor saints could have helped me” (Quoted by Kittel, Die Psalmen, p. 371).
Your steadfast love forever v. 1
You with me, I do not fear. v. 6
My refuge only in You v. 9
This is the day You have made. v. 24
This is the tenth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year C.
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Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms, one each week over the three-year cycle.
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