For many centuries, the Catholic Mass began with the priest standing at the foot of the altar praying this psalm. It was a personal prayer as he entered worship.
As you stand at the foot of the altar, which is the day that lies before you, this psalm becomes a powerful prayer invoking the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is your own personal lawyer to plead your case against those personal forces in dark places that are set against you. Greater is God’s power to overcome them, than their power to overcome you.
Go forth to your day, walking upon the ground as upon an altar on which you are worshipping the Lord in all you say and do.
What are these?
In You, Lord, I take refuge. v. 2
Send out Your light and Your truth. v. 3
I go to th’ altar of God. v. 4
You, Lord, my exceeding joy v. 4
This is the ninth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms,
one each week over the three-year cycle.
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