Tuesday, March 1, 2016

It Is Always Possible to Sing His Praises

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.

Bless the Lᴏʀᴅ, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name!  (Ps 103:1)

Those feeling grateful for the divine graces stir up themselves to hymn-singing, repaying the Benefactor to the extent possible.  It is always possible to sing His praises and to carry about a fresh recollection of the favors.  These people also consecrate all that is within, and direct their whole thinking to the divine hymn; by within, in fact, he referred to thinking, pondering, and all the movements of the soul.

Bless the Lᴏʀᴅ, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits.  (Ps 103:2)

Again, the soul is instructed to stir up itself, expel the cloud of forgetfulness, and renew the recollection of the favors.

Theodoret of Cyrus

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