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This psalm, together with next week’s Psalm 10, forms an acrostic: the first word of each stanza begins with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. This literary style provides a thread of unity in the absence of a more developed sequence of thought. Some early Bibles counted these two psalms as one.
When taken individually, each letter of an alphabet stands on its own. Do the same with each group of verses that make a stanza or strophe. Imagine each one printed or engraved upon your soul. The psalms are prayers of strong expression.
From the deep, inward experience of David and other psalmists, let each stanza make a powerful impression. You might engrave and shape every hour of your day by each one.
I thank You with my whole heart. v. 1
Singing praise to the Most High v. 2
You a stronghold in distress v. 9
Lord, You are gracious to me. v. 13
This is the Fourth Week in Epiphany, Year A.
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Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms,
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