Thursday, December 31, 2015

Wycliffe: in praise of the Psalter

Thursday, December 31, 2015
    Commemoration of John Wycliffe, Reformer, 1384
The LORD says to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand
    until I make your enemies
    a footstool for your feet.”
    —Psalm 110:1 (NIV)
    The Psalter comprehendeth all the Old and New Testament, and teacheth plainly the mysteries of the Trinity, and of Christ’s incarnation, passion, rising again, [ascending] in to heaven, and sending down of the Holy Ghost, and preaching of the Gospel, and the coming of Antichrist, and the [leadership] of Christ, and the glory of chosen men to bliss, and the pains of him who should be damned in hell; and oft rehearseth the stories of the Old Testament, and bringeth in the keeping of God’s [commands], and love of enemies... Well were him that could well understand the Psalter, and keep it in his living, and say it devoutly...; for many men that say it undevoutly and live out of charity, lie foully of himself to God, and blaspheme him, when they cry it full loud to men’s ears in the church. Therefore God gave grace to us to live well in charity, and say it devoutly, and understand it truly, and to teach it openly.
    ... John Wycliffe (1320?-1384), The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments, v. 1, Prologue, Oxford University Press, 1850, p. 37 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 110:1; 2; 22; 23; 51:11; 110:4; 118:25-26; Matt. 21:9; Luke 20:42-43; John 6:31; 10:11; Heb. 2:6-8; 7:21
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have placed Your words of praise and knowledge on our lips.
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