Book Notes: Theophan’s Commentary on Psalm 118: verses 169-170

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

by Saint John of Kronstadt Press, 2014

Introduction to the 22nd octave:

Tav = sign
Theophan makes reference to St Isaac the Syrian, when he speaks of the signs which tell us where we are at in the spiritual journey.
And so the prophet here too points to signs showing whether we are on the right way.
As a wonderful conclusion to the whole psalm.

VERSE 169:
Let my supplication draw nigh before Thee, O Lord;
according to Thine oracle give me understanding.

All the fathers tell us: not to trust one’s mind.
But trust in the Giver of every wisdom and pray:
according to Thine oracle give me understanding,
that is:

Teach me how to understand some of the things
encountered in life or the Scriptures,
or how to act in forthcoming circumstances.
p. 332

VERSE 170:
Let my petition come before Thee, O Lord,
according to Thine oracle deliver me.

When perplexed or oppressed, expect a lasting deliverance from God alone,
therefore turn to Him with trust in all things.

Make yourself thoroughly submissive to the Lord,
and every deliverance will be awaiting you. (cf. Ps 90:14-15)
p. 334

With these prayers for deliverance, you can be confident in the feeling of God’s strength.
Always with synergy though:

Hope is not a cutting off of active powers,
but an attitude of the heart which, even with its intense activity,
relies not upon itself, but leans upon God’s hand.
p. 334


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