Friday, April 29, 2016

Remain Fixed

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

I will meditate on your precepts
    and fix my eyes on your ways.
I will delight in your statutes;
    I will not forget your word.  (Ps 119:15-16)

And thus the Church exercises herself in the commandments of God against all the enemies of the Christian and catholic faith, by speaking in the abundant arguments of the learned—which are fruitful to those who compose them, if nothing but the ways of the Lord is regarded in them.  But all the ways of the Lord are, as it is written, mercy and truth*—the fullness of both being found in Christ.  Through this sweet exercise is gained also what he adds: My meditation shall be therein, that I may not forget them.  Thus the blessed man in the first psalm shall meditate in the law of the Lord day and night.†

Augustine, Exposition on the Book of Psalms 119.14

*  Psalm 25:10
†  Psalm 1:2

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