Psalm clxv. (Lauda anima.)
Notes & Commentary:
Of, &c. This addition of the Septuagint intimates that these prophets would thus exhort the people to trust in
Providence, and to prefer his service before worldly cares. See Psalm cxxxvi. (Worthington) --- They might compose this psalm
after Cyrus had revoked the permission to build the temple, (ver. 2., and 1 Esdras i. 3., and iv. 4.) as the following psalms
seem all to have been sung at the dedication of the walls. (Calmet) --- This might be the case, but the titles afford but
a slender proof, and David might write this to excite himself and people to confide in God. --- In my. Hebrew begins
here the second verse, with the answer of the soul to the prophet's invitation. It is immortal, and promises always
to praise the Lord. (Berthier)
Children. Hebrew, "sons of Adam." The greatest prince is of the same frail condition as other men. He is not always
willing, nor able to save. He must die, and all his projects cease. (Haydock) --- If we could have depended on any, Cyrus
seemed to be the person. Yet he has been deceived, and now forbids the building of a temple. We must, however, be grateful
for the liberty which we enjoy by the goodness of God. (Calmet) --- In one Son of man (Christ) we may trust; not because he
is the Son of man, but because he is the Son of God. (St. Augustine) (Worthington)
Forth. From the body, which shall be consigned to the earth from which it was taken, Ecclesiastes xii. 7. --- And
he. Man, (Calmet) or each of the princes, (Haydock) with respect to the body. (Worthington) --- It does not refer to the
spirit, which in Hebrew is feminine. (Calmet) --- It is the want of faith, which causes people to confide in great
ones, rather than in Providence. (St. Augustine) --- Thoughts. Projects of ambition, &c. (Calmet)
Truth. Houbigant, "his truth," and promises. (Haydock) --- The disposition of Cyrus towards the Jews had changed, in
consequence of some false insinuations of their enemies. --- Wrong. The Babylonians have been, and the Samaritans will
be, punished. --- Fettered. We may hope to be freed from the dominion of the Persians. (Calmet)
Enlighteneth. Hebrew, "openeth the eyes." Septuagint, "gives wisdom to the blind." Many of these favours seem
to be understood in a spiritual sense, and allude to the times of Christ, when these miracles were performed. (Berthier) (Isaias
xxxv. 5., and Matthew xi. 5. (Calmet)
Strangers. He charges his people to be compassionate towards such, Exodus xxii. 21., and James i. 27. (Berthier) ---
We have been captives, Psalm cxii. 9. --- Sinners, who have calumniated us, ver. 7. (Calmet)
Sion. Figure of the true Church. God is now more attached to Sion than to any other place. (Berthier) --- He lives
for ever, and therefore alone deserves our confidence. (Calmet) --- Generation. Hebrew adds, "Alleluia," which we have
in the next title, as the psalm also begins with the same word. (Haydock)
Bible Text & Cross-references:
We are not to trust in men, but in God alone.
1 Alleluia, of Aggeus and Zacharias.
2 Praise *the Lord, O my soul, in my life I will praise the Lord: I will
sing to my God as long as I shall be.
Put not your trust in princes: 3 in the children of men, in whom there
is no salvation.
4 His spirit shall go forth, and he shall return into his earth: in that
day all their thoughts shall perish.
5 Blessed is he who hath the God of Jacob for his helper, whose hope
is in the Lord, his God: 6 *who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all things that are in them.
7 Who keepeth truth for ever: who executeth judgment for them that suffer
wrong: who giveth food to the hungry.
The Lord looseth them that are fettered: 8 the Lord enlighteneth the
The Lord lifteth up them that are cast down: the Lord loveth the just.
9 The Lord keepeth the strangers, he will support the fatherless and
the widow: and the ways of sinners he will destroy.
10 The Lord shall reign for ever: thy God, O Sion, unto generation and
2: Psalm cxliv. 2.
6: Acts xiv. 14.; Apocalypse xiv. 7.