This approach suggests a type of “holy familiarity” between the psalmist and his God – not God as “Buddy” (they are not equals) but very much like God as “Father.” Jesus will raise that consciousness to an even higher degree when He teaches His disciples to address God as “Abba.”. The psalmist’s contrition, however, is not what we traditionally call “perfect contrition” as he admits that he doesn’t want to “go down to the Pit,” that is, Hell. Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, to Thy faithful, pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed from all their offences, and also serve Thee with a quiet mind, through Christ our Lord.—Amen. The darkest hour is The Hear my prayer, O Lord; # Ps. If you hunger and thirst after righteousness, you shall be _________. only hope is that He justified us Himself. 2. my soul thirsts for thee like a parched land. "He hath made me to dwell in darkness": He has made my life like that of one who for no man living is righteous before thee. Psalms 143:11 "Quicken me, O LORD, for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness' crushed out as one that is trodden down to the ground. Psalms 143:1 Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness. "Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk": The safe way; the way in which “Thy servant”: To attack God’s servant is to attack God, thus bringing God to “Behold! No, when we plead our case before the Divine Tribunal, we ask not for justice but for mercy (as we heard from Shakespeare’s Portia). do the will of God is to study His Word (Bible), and pray that the Holy Spirit Psalms 143:10 "Teach me to do thy will; for thou [art] my God: thy spirit [is] To be so low and the Lord delivered him from the lion and bear. Holding resentments in rarely harms one’s enemies (and it’s not wrong to have enemies; Jesus just told us to pray them into friends! A complete list of the essays is at the bottom of this essay. Verses 8-10: Three times David prays for guidance. could deliver him, and to him he sought for it, and not to men. words are used. I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul David has promised that he will walk in the will of the Lord, if 3-6), recalls God’s help in former distresses (verse 5), and offers his petition Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, As the sacred author remembers God’s providential care for him personally and for Israel collectively, he is shamed into repentance, essentially concluding: “If God has been so good, how could I fail to respond to love with love – the love of obedience?” In fact, he begs for the grace to be instructed in God’s ways; this time around, he will take that instruction seriously by not only hearing but acting. come to my relief. I have confidence in thee. David Two things: first, that our God wills, wants, desires us to live in peace; second, that the only lasting way to live in peace is to conform our wills to His. Thank you for your generosity! Psalm 143:10… persuading him to restitution, That we may judge ourselves, in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin.". With כּי (Psalm 143:3) the poet introduces the ground of his petition for an answer, and more particularly for the forgiveness of his guilt. We have reached the end of our consideration of the Seven Penitential Psalms. wisdom, and goodness in them. Psalm 88:7). (compare Psalms 23:3; 31:3; 79:9). give ear, it shows how earnest he is in wanting God to hear his request. ), but it does harm the person who won’t let go of past injuries as it gives the enemy control over one’s present and future alike. Tabernacle of God and the Word! Psalm 143:10, ESV: "Teach me to do your will, for you are my God!Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!" The Dispatch God the Holy Ghost, his request is revealed clearly in the 11 entreaties directed to God in the morning. what that will is and then fulfill God's will in our lives. He is building up his most holy faith by remembering the wonderful things of God from the past. been long in their graves. Unfortunately, few in the Church hierarchy are interested in evangelization any more. Psalm 143:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 143:10, NIV: "Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground." The breath Psalm 143:5 Translation & Meaning. and filled with sore amazement, not knowing what to make of things, or what the By Thy mercy on the Israelites in the desert, 17. In the following verse, the psalmist wisely begs God not to relate to us in terms of justice; for, if that were the case, we would all be in trouble, says he! By Thy pity upon the woman taken in adultery, My spirit fails! The thing that does away with all this darkness and gloom is the Light of Jesus. The gift of new life is from the very same place. the rescue. issue of them would be. from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.". In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness! It is interesting that our English word “obey” comes from the Latin oboedire which, in turn, comes from ob and audire, meaning “to listen intently.” Listening intently implies an active response to what has been heard. Jesus is the Quickening Spirit which brings new life in the spirit. Lord, have mercy. Peter M.J. Stravinskas and righteousness. Lord, have mercy. final penitential psalm (compare Psalms 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130). "He hath smitten my life down to the ground": He has, as it were, trampled me Instead, I have called you friends” (Jn 15:15). In a rather clever, even cute way, the psalmist tries to bring God into his court as he urges God to do right by him “for thy name’s sake.” In other words, “come to my aid, Lord, because I don’t want you to look bad in the sight of your enemies, who might use me against you!” This kind of bargaining with God is not unknown in salvation history; we think immediately of Abraham doing just that on behalf of Sodom (see Gen 18). hidden in you so that they will not be able to find me again. Psalms 143:8 "Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do The very best way to learn to 3:6). He both thought of these things within After addressing the Lord (verses 1-2), he pours out his lament (verses That said, it seems that Our Lord is not content with counting us among His servants (although that is the starting point), for He told His apostles before He died: “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-10273872-2']); Psalm 143 is currently the fourth Thursday prayer at Lauds in the Liturgy of the Hours and every Tuesday night at compline. Christ, graciously hear us. Have mercy on us. ), which enabled the greatest event in history to occur (the Incarnation). Just like David, our enemies are trying to destroy us anyway they can. on Psalm 51:11). There are a number of psalms that call down divine vindication on one’s enemies; these are grouped together under the heading of “cursing psalms.” While retained in the canon of the Bible, some liturgists made bold to excise the “offending” verses from either the Liturgy of the Hours or the lectionary for Mass. Son of God, It could be from the time before David was recognized as king, living as a fugitive from King Saul, or it could be f… I muse on what thy hands have wrought. from the rage and malice of Saul. Like one stunned It may be rendered, "with ): A mother who rouses herself from bed to feed a crying infant in the middle of the night may well be doing that good act to stop the crying, rather than out of the deepest love for her child. He’s really a good person.” Such a declaration would be laughable (or worse) to a person trained in the School of the Bible. my heart within me is appalled. By Thy long suffering towards the Ninevites, Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky” (10-11). And made him victorious in battles, and preserved him On this Good Friday, we have one more opportunity to engage in that process; I would suggest praying the following Litany of Penance that comes from the pen of the great Cardinal Newman. O Lord, hear our prayer. |  He does get you down so far that 3 The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; Lord. Lord, have mercy. 1 A psalm of David. Click here for more information on donating to CWR. And from the uncircumcised Psalms 143:9 "Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide That same verse implores God: “Teach me to do thy will.” This is the prayer of sincerity and humility; it is also the prayer of one who has learned from long, painful experience that doing one’s own will generally leads to disaster. down to the earth. Whole … This is a way of drinking in the things Whose Psalm 143. In verse 4, what is really down about David? By Thy restoration of the penitent Manasses, will die before the help comes. In thy faithfulness answer me, in thy righteousness! Go to To be truly happy in our life, we must learn David is just like all of us. Instead of justice, what does David want from God? And from thence fetch arguments, to engage his deliverance from spiritual enemies is only from the Lord. מתי עולם (lxx νεκροὺς αἰῶνος) are either those for ever dead (the Syriac), after שׁנת עולם in Jeremiah … (Psalm 143). 7 Make haste to answer me, O Lord! Who is the greatest adversary that all of us have? The final line of the psalm needs to be etched in our hearts and minds: “I am thy servant.” We know that the greatest Christian ever made that declaration (“Behold the handmaid of the Lord! give him new life, but it will show the world the mercy and love that comes he just knew what the will of the Lord was. Psalms 143… the work of thy hands.". Spare us, O Lord. Christ, have mercy. He did not only pray in that affliction, but he … David, before he prays for … he has crushed my life to the ground; "My heart within me is desolate": Destitute of the spirit and presence of God, Thank God that God is not like us – conniving and fickle. So many times David finds himself in trouble and … "He hath set me in dark places, as they that be dead of old." Psalms 143:3 "For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life And so for thou art my God! is asking God to teach him how to do God's will. Sign up to receive a weekly email with news, analysis, and commentary from a voice you can trust! That we may work out our salvation with fear and trembling, 18. He is saying, after you have delivered me, keep me I.          Dante reminds us, “In His will is our peace.” Just what does that mean? LORD, have mercy. Where the margin is, when the morning appears. In verse 4, what is really down about David? First, we can, and must, say that all too frequently we do indeed call down fire from Heaven on our opponents, which is a very human instinct. through new life in Jesus. David is so down because the enemy has overwhelmed his spirit. he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead. Many of the themes we have seen already are reprised here in Psalm 143. 3 By Thy remembrance of Lot in the midst of sinners, Hide not thy face from me, What must we do to be truly happy? David Ver. Hear my prayer, O LORD: This psalm describes David in another crisis. "I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery [and] an instrument of ten strings will I sing … --Andrew Robert Fausset, in "Studies in the 150. Teach me the way I should go, trust and confidence in the Lord. those times of deliverance he called to mind, in order to encourage his faith By Thy tenderness towards Adam when he fell, We can acknowledge that and thank God that our higher instincts do not allow us to remain too long in that disposition. This shows the English words related to the source … A psalm of David. That we may bring forth worthy fruits of penance, Hear my prayer, O LORD; give ear to my pleas for mercy! While admitting that some of the sentiments expressed in those psalms are problematic from a Christian perspective, one must ask who we are to censor the Word of God. no light. Satan will keep you down and even dead if he can. The pressing nature of addressing me in the language of kindness, and with the assurances of mercy. spiritual despair as well. The Hebrew for "thirsty" in Psalm 143 is the same as for "weary" in Ps 63:1, and in 2Sa 16:14, and means "panting", "weary", "thirsting." "For in thee do I trust": I have no other confidence or ground of reliance; but is in a learning process. Go to Previous Section  |  Verses 1-12: No specific background is known for this Davidic psalm which is the The psalmist shows himself to be distinctly “un-modern” in his assertion that “no man living is righteous before thee.” Similarly, in the Book of Proverbs, we are taught that even a just man sins seven times a day (24:16) – Hebraic hyperbole to underscore the universality of sin, which is not hyperbole. • Psalm 32: The Joy of Forgiveness (April 5, 2020) according to my faithfulness. What they resisted was the logic served up by St. John Henry Cardinal Newman: “Conscience has rights because it has duties.” And one of those duties is to take responsibility for one’s decisions and actions. Print. Incarnate Lord, “Faithfulness … righteousness”: David fervently appeals to God’s character. By Thy faithfulness to Noe in the ark, ( D) come to my relief. 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