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Aug 3, 2022

PSALMS (23)

PSALM OF THE SHEPHERD

Or PSALM OF THE PARACLETE

A PRAISE OF TRUST:

This is considered the sweetest in the book of psalms,

Its prevailing feature is the trust in God; as the psalmist cast himself, like a child, on the chest of God, in the time of peace and tranquility.

In this psalm the trumpet of war disappears, and replaced by the harp of peace,

which, no more produces a sad melody,

but a joyful symphony of love, praising God as a Good Shepherd,

a Wise Leader, and a Personal Friend of the human soul,

The Orthodox Jews love this psalm, and the Reformed Jews use it in their worship in their synagogues.

The early fathers of the church, as well, found in this psalm their gladness and exultation, seeing in it the care of the Good Shepherd for His flock.

And St. Augustine did well by choosing it as a praise, sung by the martyrs.


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