by Saint Theophan the Recluse
by Saint John of Kronstadt Press, 2014
I will confess Thee with uprightness of heart,
when I have learned the judgments of Thy righteousness.
God’s righteousness = the commandments
Learning and acquiring the habit of recognizing the judgments of God’s righteousness, and acting accordingly.
This learning+acquiring = discretion, discernment, which is gradual; first to distinguish thoughts, then to detect God’s Providence (that is, what God wants of us).
The consequence is uprightness of heart, continual thanksgiving and glorification.
I will keep Thy statutes;
do not utterly forsake me.
Courage is needed, and it is to be found by hoping in the Lord.
Utterly = cf times when God abandons us to instruct us.
Total abandonment is punitive, when we refuse to repent.
RECAP OF 1ST STROPHA:
It shows the basic principles of a God-pleasing life, the main principles of a holy life.
v.1-3 = degrees towards perfection
v.4-5 = productive forces: diligent zeal + God’s grace
v.6-8 = requirements and conditions for progress: attention, diligence, courage.
Aleph = science or leader (leading principles).
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