A prayer for perseverance. A psalm for David. Of the sons of Jonadab, and the former captives. In thee, O Lord, I have hoped, let me never be put to confusion:  Deliver me in thy justice, and rescue me. Incline thy ear unto me, and save me.  Be thou unto me a God, a protector, and a place of strength: that thou mayst make me safe. For thou art my firmament and my refuge.  Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the sinner, and out of the hand of the transgressor of the law and of the unjust.  For thou art my patience, O Lord: my hope, O Lord, from my youth;  By thee have I been confirmed from the womb: from my mother’s womb thou art my protector. Of thee shall I continually sing:  I am become unto many as a wonder, but thou art a strong helper.  Let my mouth be filled with praise, that I may sing thy glory; thy greatness all the day long.  Cast me not off in the time of old age: when my strength shall fail, do not thou forsake me.  For my enemies have spoken against me; and they that watched my soul have consulted together,  Saying: God hath forsaken him: pursue and take him, for there is none to deliver him.  O God, be not thou far from me: O my God, make haste to my help.  Let them be confounded and come to nothing that detract my soul; let them be covered with confusion and shame that seek my hurt.  But I will always hope; and will add to all thy praise.  My mouth shall shew forth thy justice; thy salvation all the day long. Because I have not known learning,  I will enter into the powers of the Lord: O Lord, I will be mindful of thy justice alone.  Thou hast taught me, O God, from my youth: and till now I will declare thy wonderful works.  And unto old age and grey hairs: O God, forsake me not, Until I shew forth thy arm to all the generation that is to come: Thy power,  And thy justice, O God, even to the highest great things thou hast done: O God, who is like to thee?  How great troubles hast thou shewn me, many and grievous: and turning thou hast brought me to life, and hast brought me back again from the depths of the earth:  Thou hast multiplied thy magnificence; and turning to me thou hast comforted me.  For I will also confess to thee thy truth with the instruments of psaltery: O God, I will sing to thee with the harp, thou holy one of Israel.  My lips shall greatly rejoice, when I shall sing to thee; and my soul which thou hast redeemed.  Yea and my tongue shall meditate on thy justice all the day; when they shall be confounded and put to shame that seek evils to me.
Commentary “Of the sons of Jonadab”: The Rechabites, of whom see Jer. 35. By this addition of the seventy-two interpreters, we gather that this psalm was usually sung in the synagogue, in the person of the Rechabites, and of those who were first carried away into captivity.  “Learning”: As much as to say, I build not upon human learning, but only on the power and justice of God.
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TITLE: St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori on How to accept and love the will of God and his Divine Providence Includes quotations from St. John, Isaias, the Song of Songs, St. Bernard, etc.
AUTHOR: St. Alphonsus Liguori
EDITOR: Pablo Claret
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