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O LORD, we beseech thee mercifully to hear us; and grant that we, to whom thou hast given an hearty desire to pray, may, by thy mighty aid be defended; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect Source: Sacramentary of Gregory [ca 600AD]. In a 1662 revision the last phrase was added and comforted in all dangers and adversities
But the marvel with the Psalter is that, barring those prophecies about the Savior and some about the Gentiles, the reader takes all its words upon his lips as though they were his own, written for his special benefit, and takes them and recites them, not as though someone else were speaking or another person's feelings being described, but as himself speaking of himself, offering the words to God as his own heart's utterance, just as though he himself had made them up.
Resource. Chrysostom Homilies on the Old Testament in three volumes. Possible source http://store.holycrossbookstore.com/1885652674.html
Book Review: St. John Chrysostom, Old Testament Homilies, Volume One: Homilies on Hannah, David and Saul; St. John Chrysostom, Old Testament Homilies, Volume Two: Homilies on Isaiah and Jeremiah; St. John Chrysostom, Old Testament Homilies, Volume Three: Homilies on the Obscurity of the Old Testament – Homilies on the Psalms; St. John Chrysostom, Eight Sermons on the Book of Genesis; St. John Chrysostom, Spiritual Gems from the Book of Psalms; Reading the Old Testament in Antioch
Uwe Michael Lang http://itq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/citation/71/1-2/190
In today's homily Augustine examines Psalm XII . It is a psalm that David sang in praise and thanksgiving for his deliverance from his enemies, including King Saul. Above in the artwork, and at the lessons, we remember the story of how Saul was delivered into the hand of David, but rather than slay Saul, David cut the hem of his robe, as proof that God had provided the opportunity to take his revenge. God said, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. What seemed good was to refrain from killing God's anointed, and to wait on the Lord to judge and to vindicate. David remained on the defensive, trusting in God's promise.
Augustine sees this psalm and the stories behind it as a "type" for Christ, and his suffering at the hands of the Chief Priests and other parties that schemed to eliminate him and his disciples. He wrote
On the day when the Lord delivered him out of the hands of his enemies and of the hand of Saul:" namely, the king of the Jews, whom they had demanded for themselves
It is a good type I think, and certainly this psalm and others like it were sung by our Lord with an understanding that they pointed to him as the Christ – the suffering servant, who would be vindicated by his Father. Wait on the Lord and his defense, as today' collect asks, is something we all might strive to do in dealing with enemies, and let the Lord work his righteousness.
If you would like to learn more about Christ the Messiah in the Old Testament and how scripture points to him, I highly recommend the book:
Messianic Revelation in the Old Testament by Dr. Gerard Van Groningen available from Covenant Seminary. You may audit Dr. Van Groningen's moving seminary course, Biblical Theology, for free at this site. http://www.covenantseminary.edu/worldwide/en/OT215/OT215.asp
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