The PS 55
belong to Book II
of the book of PS
composed of a collection of texts 150 arranged by 5 poetry books. The Book of Psalms, for its wisdom
and basic principles
of human action
, is considered the heart of the Old Testament. Book II comprises the PS 42 the 72 . The PS 55
is divided into 24 verses.
The Psalms are poems-prayers
addressed to God, being the privileged way to address and speak to Him. These prayers represent human experiences
and religious conscience
. They portray the common man
, with his faults, insecurities, fears and hopes and, 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 any blessing received.
"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 55 - Prayer of the Persecuted
1 To the director. With stringed instruments.
Poem of David
Give ear, O God, to my prayer;
do not hide yourself before my supplication.
Pay attention to me and answer me;
I am tormented in my anguish.
I am disturbed by the voice of the enemy
and by the oppression of evildoers.
They bring disgrace upon me
and pursue me furiously.
My heart tightens in my chest,
and the terrors of death fall upon me.
Fear and trembling seize me;
dread covers me completely.
And I exclaim, "I wish I had wings like a dove; I
could fly and find shelter."
Yes, he would flee far away
and dwell in the wilderness.
hastened to seek refuge for myself
from the fury of the wind and the storm.
Confuse them, Lord, divide their tongues,
for I have seen much violence and discord in the city.
Day and night they roam the walls,
and within the city crime and intrigue reign.
Inside it is only calamities;
oppression and fraud do not disappear from their streets.
If an adversary offended me, I would endure;
if an enemy rose against me,
I hid from him.
But not you, a human being like me,
my friend and confidant!
We who shared pleasant secrets together
and excitedly walked to the house of God!
Let death fall upon them,
and let them descend alive into the underworld,
for only evils lodge within them.
As for me, I address my appeal to God;
and the Lord will save me.
In the afternoon, in the morning, and at noon,
I weep and sigh;
and He hears my voice.
redeemed my soul, putting me in peace;
and approached me,
because against me they were many.
God listens to me and will repay them,
for it is He who reigns from the beginning.
They show no signs of mending
nor fear of God.
raise their hand against their allies
and violate the covenant they have made.
are softer in mouth than butter,
but they have war in their hearts.
Your words are softer than oil;
but, after all, they are unsheathed swords.
Give your care to the Lord and He will support you;
He never allows the righteous to succumb.
And Thou, O God, shalt hurl them into the abyss of perdition.
Blood and fake people don't live half their days.
I, however, trust you.
Meaning and interpretation
The Psalm 55
is a single prayer of supplication
. The Psalmist complains of a grief
that afflicts him, and feels the urge to escape, fleeing into the desert. The suffering
he complains about seems to be due to the betrayal
of a very close friend, involved in an environment of great disagreements in the city.
Throughout the Psalm, in addition to affirming his trust in God
, he speaks of the consequences and moral lessons
of his painful experience. He asks God for courage
to courageously overcome the hurt
that afflicts him.
The Psalms of Supplication
are very present in the Book of Psalms. They speak of human frailty and the most basic feelings of your mortal condition. Times of peace and plenty contrast
with war and individual or community destruction. The Psalmist pleads for God's help
and asks him to end his situation of affliction
, ending with the certainty of having been heard
In spiritual practice, the supplication and request to God reflects a lot the meaning of prayer,
being the privileged way to establish contact and raise the voice to the Divine
. In numerous Psalms, supplication seems to be the most immediate motivation and the greatest concern. When turning to God, the speaker / Psalmist finds tenderness, justice, compassion, reconciliation, purification, in short, peace itself.
involved in these prayers are varied and basic; affect humanity over the millennia, and are still current today. They reflect multiple interior
, individual and collective experiences, and the relationship between people and peoples. They address topics such as the deadly threat of disease, persecution, aging, violence, war, betrayal, loneliness, enemy aggression and how these feelings alter consciousness
we have of ourselves, of our relationship with others and with God.
Situations that prompt supplication can be bitter
, but the Psalms generally express a state of mind of trust
and end in thanksgiving
. The Psalmist cries out to God for his help and forgiveness in a profound expression of limitless trust
in divine compassion and justice. Even the cry of the Psalmist is already a fighting speech, change will, of inner transformation, confidence and hope for a free future evil,
and the wicked
The Psalms of Supplication
they are classified as individual supplication and collective supplication. Those of Individual Supplication
comprise Psalm 3; 5-7; 13; 17; 22; 26; 27; 28; 31; 35; 39; 42-43; 51; 54-57; 59; 61; 63; 64; 69-71; 88; 102; 109; 120; 130; 140-143. and those of Collective Supplication
Ps 12; 44; 58; 60; 74; 80; 83; 85; 90; 94; 108; 123; 127.
The Book of Psalms
The Joy and Happiness of the Righteous in Communion with God
The Psalms are prayer-poems
addressed to God, being the privileged way to address and speak with Him. Depicting the common man
, 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.
The Psalms, despite being written in Antiquity, 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 personal relationship with God; others provide guidelines and advice for life, others are compositions for specific liturgical events such as rituals and pilgrimages.
The Book of Psalms
is composed of a collection of 150 poetic texts and is divided into five parts, called Psalm Books or Booklets. Each Book closes with short hymns of praise to God
. The division into five parts was considered to correspond to the five books of Moses and it is assumed that each passage in the Pentateuch (first five books of the Bible, called Torah by the Jews) was read in parallel with the corresponding Psalm. Its main forms are lamentation
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
. It is through it that we come into contact with our God within
and, therefore, it is so powerful in transforming life
. Prayer can produce miracles
, turn dreams into reality, 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 the purpose of 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.
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 on a path of peace
and communion with the higher energy