Book Notes: Theophan’s Commentary on Psalm 118: verse 75

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

by Saint John of Kronstadt Press, 2014

I have known, O Lord, that Thy Judgments are righteousness,
and with truth hast Thou humbled me.

The prophet’s spiritual side seems bright now (see verse 73), so now he asks “the Lord to bring his outer fate to the same level”.

I have known, O Lord, that Thy Judgments are righteousness:
He realizes that if it’s not bright at this point, it’s because the Lord has humbled him rightly.

I have known.
When?  “After I repented and began an amended life… and learned God’s commandments”.
Before that, in sin, he was blind to God’s hand and was grumbling against God.

But when grace touches the heart of the sinner, the darkness covering his minds starts to dissipate and he can better see God’s doing and His reasons for doing so.

When repentance is crowned by a decision to live correctly, then around him it becomes rather bright. A life corrected according to the commandments increases this light.

I have known = I clearly see

Faith => understanding

Any reflection on these quotes?

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