The Divine Lamp

The unfolding of thy words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple…Make thy face shine upon thy servant, and teach me thy statutes

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 36

Posted by Dim Bulb on July 18, 2016


THE psalmist contrasts with the scheming of the godless against the just, the ever protecting mercy and goodness of God. However astute is the planning of the wicked, it is futile when set against the grace and mercy of God.

The psalm seems at first sight, to consist of two quite distinct poems the first (2-5) describing the doings of the godless, and the second (6-10), hymning the praise of God’s graciousness, which are held together artificially by a redactional passage (11-13). But the psalm is really a unit composition, the distinctness of whose sections is due to the vigour of the contrast drawn between the godless and the pious. The poem is not a dirge dealing with the sufferings of the just, but a song of triumph and of thanksgiving inspired, by the sense of God’s presence and protection.

Occasion and date are here also unknown.


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