The PS 36
belong to Book I
of the Book of PS,
composed of a collection of 150 texts arranged by five poetry books. The Book of Psalms, for its wisdom
and basic principles
of human action
, is considered the heart of the Old Testament. Book I encompasses Psalms 1 to 41. The PS 36
is divided into 13 verses.
The Psalms are poems-prayers
addressed to God, the privileged way to address and speak to Him. These prayers represent human experiences
and religious conscience
They portray the commoner
with his faults, insecurities, fears, and hopes. Even today, we can identify with the Psalmist and draw inspiration from these texts to pray
with God when we feel lost
or to express our gratitude
for some blessing.
"There are enemies or friends, there is life or death, health or illness, pain or joy and, most of the time, there are no changes or gradations. Words are like stones and poetry like boulders carved by chisel"; "The Psalms are a bit like mountain paths, simple, especially when walking on snow, but they lead to the peaks; they are paths toward the peaks of meeting the Lord." - Carlo Maria Martini, Cardinal of Milan.
Psalm 36 - Human Malice and Divine Kindness
1 To the director. From the servant of the Lord. From David
The evildoer has an oracle of sin within his heart;
before their eyes, there is no fear of God.
But his God destroys him with his gaze,
uncovering his abominable iniquity.
The words of his mouth are of malice and treachery;
|renounced to be sensible and to do good.
Evil is what he plans, lying in his bed.
Obstinate following his evil path, he doesn't even consider renouncing evil.
O Lord, your mercy reaches the heavens,
and your faithfulness reaches the clouds.
Your righteousness is like high mountains,
and your judgments are a deep abyss:
O Lord, You save men and beasts.
How wonderful is your mercy, O God!
Humans take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They are satisfied with the abundance of your house;
You give them to drink from your rivers of delights.
For in you is the fountain of life,
and it is in your light that we see the light.
Extend your mercy to those who know you,
and your righteousness to the upright in heart.
Let not the feet of the proud come upon me,
and let the hand of evildoers drive me not out.
Behold, they have fallen to the ground that does iniquity;
they have been slaughtered and can no longer get up.
Meaning and interpretation
Psalm 36 is a single prayer of supplication; the
reflection on the human experience is the opportunity to make wise model considerations on how to do evil,
settle and dominate human behavior.
Faith in God is the way
by which it opens the possibility of overcoming this vicious circle. The Psalm contrasts the corruption
of a heart without fear of God (verses 2-5) and the immense goodness
God bestows his benefits on his faithful (verses 6-12).
The tops of the mountains and the depths of the abyss represent the extreme points of terrestrial space and the world, which function here as a measure of the greatness of God
Source and light
are two important metaphors for life. The fountain of living water will flow from Jerusalem and the temple giving life to the whole earth. The light that comes from God is also a source of life
The Sapiential Psalms
are books of Sacred Scripture ( Libri Sapientiales
) that contain, above all, moral sentences
from ancient Israel - Proverbs, Job, Qohelet (Ecclesiastes), Sirach (Ecclesiasticus), Song of Songs, Wisdom. These prayers are filled with ancient inspiration, wisdom, life experiences, and people's history. They analyze human behavior
, ethical options
and consequences, and the search for the meaning of life and death
for each of us and as a society.
Various themes are addressed in these Psalms, such as justice/injustice; sinful/righteous; wisdom/foolishness; bad/good; fidelity/infidelity; the honor or lack of it, the virtue that exists in prudence in speaking, in being fair, in knowing how to be rich. The existence of God is never questioned. He is Creator, Lord, Judge, Wise.
The Wisdom Psalms
are also understood as a guide for everyone to meditate
on the issues of their daily lives and the mysteries of life. The Psalmist uses his own and others' experiences to discerning the path
based on correct moral principles. They are based on the assumption that what we do in this world, we pay for in this life. The wisdom style appears in Ps 1; 14; 34; 36; 37; 39; 49; 53; 73; 74.
The Book of Psalms
The Joy and Happiness of the Righteous in Communion with God
The Psalms are prayer-poems
addressed to God, the privileged way to address and speak with Him. Depicting the commoner
, with his failures, insecurities, fears, and hopes, we can still identify with the Psalmist and be inspired today in Psalms to make prayers
to God in times of trouble or express our gratitude
for some blessing received.
Despite being written in Antiquity, the Psalms still move
, awaken feelings
. In them, we can identify anguish
, deeply human feelings, praises, supplications, teachings of reflection on spiritual wisdom, and prophetic words.
Written for different situations
, some Psalms are intimate, revealing the author's relationship with God; others provide guidelines and advice for life; others are compositions for specific liturgical events such as rituals and pilgrimages.
The Power of Prayer in Dialogue with the Divine
The Psalms elevate our thoughts to the Divine, and prayer
is the power of the word
. Prayer is the language of faith. Any thought, word, or image addressed to God is called prayer
. Through it, we come into contact with our God within; therefore
, it is powerful in transforming life
. Prayer can produce miracles
, turn dreams into reality, and give us hope for change
with ourselves and the world.
Each Psalm has an intention
that helps us meditate
and walk with our God
. For many theologians, the Book of Psalms has a prophetic or messianic tone as its verses refer to the coming of Christ into the world of men to guide them through the uncertainty and doubts of Human existence.
has the power to call the Spiritual Universe
full mode, honest, sincere, conscious, for spiritual self-protection, family protection, and those who are dear to us, to have peace of mind, spiritual and physical, for prosperity and success, to protect health and relationships, to ward off negative energies and, above all, to connect us to something bigger than ourselves, from this, peace
, well-being, hope, and goodness in front of everyone and everything result.
Faith can change our lives. It gives us tranquility
and spiritual strength
to face challenges. It helps us to meditate
on our mission in life and to create a balanced and healthy environment
for ourselves and those we love. When you pray, fill your heart with love
. The Psalms will guide you toward peace
and communion with higher energy