Book Notes: Theophan’s Commentary on Psalm 118: verses 165-166

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

by Saint John of Kronstadt Press, 2014

VERSE 165:
Much peace have they that love Thy law,
and for them there is no stumbling-block.

Through a faithful and loving fulfilling of God’s law, his soul is nourished with much peace.
This peace is not inaction, but “a blessed state of a peacefully lived life” (p. 327).

and for them there is no stumbling-block  = no scandal.
Nothing can upset their inner quietness (cf. 2 Cor 4:8-9).

VERSE 166:
I awaited Thy salvation, O Lord,
and Thy commandments have I loved.

The second source of nourishment (offered by the fulfillment of the commandments)
is the hope of salvation.

“The awaiting of salvation has given birth to love for the commandments;
the active love of the commandments has become the buttress of hope;
hope has attained peace in God.”
St Ambrose, quoted page 328

He comes in and gives you all you need, as long as you stay open to Him.


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