The law of the Lord is perfect,
it revives the soul.
The rule of the Lord is to be trusted,
it gives wisdom to the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
they gladden the heart.
The command of the Lord is clear,
it gives light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is holy,
abiding for ever.
The decrees of the Lord are truth
and all of them just.
May the spoken words of my mouth,
the thoughts of my heart,
win favour in Your sight, O Lord,
my rescuer, my rock!
– Psalm 19:8-10,15 (TGP)
From a REFLECTION on Psalm 51 by Pope Francis…
God is the Living One, the Merciful One;
Jesus brings us the life of God;
the Holy Spirit gives and keeps us in our new life as true sons and daughters of God.
But all too often, as we know from experience, people do not choose life,
they do not accept the "Gospel of Life"
but let themselves be led by ideologies and ways of thinking that block life, that do not respect life,
because they are dictated by selfishness, self-interest, profit, power and pleasure, and not by love, by concern for the good of others. […]
The wisdom of the Psalmist says:
"The precepts of the Lord are right, they gladden the heart.
The command of the Lord is clear, it gives light to the eyes."
Let us always remember: the Lord is the Living One, He is merciful.
The Lord is the Living One, He is merciful.
Dear brothers and sisters, let us look to God as the God of Life,
let us look to His law, to the Gospel message, as the way to freedom and life.
The Living God sets us free!
Let us say "Yes" to love and not selfishness.
Let us say "Yes" to life and not death.
Let us say "Yes" to freedom and not enslavement to the many idols of our time.
In a word, let us say "Yes" to the God who is love, life and freedom, and who never disappoints;
let us say "Yes" to the God who is the Living One and the Merciful One.
Only faith in the Living God saves us:
in the God who in Jesus Christ has given us His own life by the gift of the Holy Spirit
and has made it possible to live as true sons and daughters of God through His mercy.
This faith brings us freedom and happiness.
Your precepts are right, O Lord, and they gladden my heart,
Your command is clear and it gives light to my eyes.
Thank You O Lord, my God, my rescuer, my rock.