While the psalmist asks God to remember, this is really a projection due to the psalmist’s tendency to forget. We are the ones that need to remember the fidelity of God and God’s power to intervene on our behalf. Once again, you will notice what frequently happens in the psalms; the writer pours out his grief, distress, anger, etc. until it is spent. Then there is room for the rush of God’s presence to fill him.
Such is the case here. It was not until the psalmist has gone into the sanctuary of the Lord in verse 17 that he understands the ultimate justice of God. Just as in the case of Job, only the presence of God gives him peace. So also for “Doubting Thomas,” the night of the Resurrection; only in the sanctuary of the open side of Jesus’ wound could Thomas find an end to doubt and the beginning of faith: My Lord and my God!
How lovely are verses 21 to 26!
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer from today’s reading:
You are the strength of my heart. v. 26
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
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