The subtitle for this Psalm is “A Praise of David.” From this prayer until we come to the end of the Wednesday cycle in Psalm 150, praise will pervade every psalm.
This is another example of an acrostic poem—each verse beginning with the next letter of the Hebrew alphabet. This structure offers a sense of movement and completion to the prayer. Further adding to the feeling of completion, the psalmist exhausts all the possible words for “praise” in Hebrew, making a kind of symphony of synonyms. How many words in English can you find that will fill your soul with praise?
This is a fitting psalm for all the readings for this week, as well as for the ones in these final weeks God’s year of grace.
Blessing you every hour. v. 2
You’re gracious and merciful. v. 8
You raise all who are bowed down. v. 14
You are kind in all Your ways. v. 17
This is the eighth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year C.
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Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms, one each week over the three-year cycle.
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