Psalm for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Psalm 119: 57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130

This week’s psalm glorifies the Law of the LORD. The longest psalm by far in the Psalter, it praises God for giving such splendid laws and instruction for the people to live by.

In its entirety, the psalm is acrostic: its twenty-two stanzas of eight verses each are in the order of the Hebrew alphabet. Each of the eight verses within a stanza begins with the same letter, and each verse contains one word for “instruction” (tôrâ).  The creative genius of the psalmist is seen in the innovative ways in which the Law is extolled, each verse expressing a slightly different idea. Continue reading “Psalm for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)”