Book Notes: Theophan’s Commentary on Psalm 118: verse 27

Psalm 118Psalm 118:
A Commentary
by Saint Theophan the Recluse

by Saint John of Kronstadt Press, 2014

Make me to understand the way of Thy statutes,
and I will ponder on Thy wondrous works.

He is asking further understanding of the way of salvation:
– how to discern good from evil
– to know the order in which to carry out the works of spiritual life
– how to attain the highest statutes (“wondrous works“): love towards enemies, courage of martyrs, unceasing prayer, total absence of care, renunciation of all bodily needs
– how to understand the statutes as prototypes of mysteries to come (cf. St Hilary)
– how to understand the inner meaning of outward statutes

To ponder = “to dwell, to be assiduously occupied with something, such as reading, thinking of God, mental prayer, handwork” (p.72), in order to get into the habit of doing these things.

To ponder  also = “I will praise everywhere the marvelous ways of Thy statutes” (p.73)

Cf. Zigabenos (1050-1120), who wrote a commentary on the Psalms!
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