Book Notes: Theophan’s Commentary on Psalm 118: verses 46-48

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

(1815-1894)
by Saint John of Kronstadt Press, 2014
Goodreads
orthodox-cross

VERSE 46:
And I spake of Thy testimonies before kings,
and I was not ashamed.

Hope –> fearless and courageous testimony of God’s truth.
Sure that God will protect him in all things. Cf. martyrs.
Our duty to preach God’s word everywhere.

VERSE 47:
And I meditated on Thy commandments
which I have greatly loved.

Hope –> we seek the one thing needful. We are only preoccupied with how to understand and fulfill the commandments, this is our priority, the rest comes after.
Otherwise, it’s like walking upside down –> confusion, rebellion, ruin in society.

What would Theophan say if he lived today!!

VERSE 48:
And I lifted up my hands to Thy commandments, which I have loved,
and I pondered on Thy statutes.

Hope –> unwavering, patience in doing good.
Pondered  = ἤδολεσχουν = to apply oneself, to abide patiently in godliness.
Steadfastness comes from love, which never fails
To get there, we inspire ourselves through hope.
Study of the commandments –> action  (lifted up my hands)

orthodox-crossPLEASE SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THESE NOTES
Any reflection on these quotes?

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your input or questions. I'll answer asap and visit your site if you have one

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s