Day 117: Reverence and Faithfulness

1 Samuel 26:1-25 In an account that neatly parallels that of Chapter 24, David again had an opportunity to slay the pursuing Saul but chose to spare him to show his loyalty. As before, Saul repented.

Psalm 56 The psalmist was being pursued and threatened again, and while he wanted relief and protection, he was also willing to be martyred.

What can flesh do to me?: This refers to the man of the earth, in his fallen state of concupiscence, prone to illness and death. The writer meant that though his enemies could physically injure him or even kill him, they could not rob him of his faith and trust in God. For this reason, he did not fear death. This is the fundamental theme of this psalm.

Put my tears in your bottle: God, being omniscient, knows all our thoughts, words, actions, and emotions; as St. Augustine said, “To talk too much in prayer is to speak of a vital and urgent theme using too many unnecessary words...For often the purpose of prayer is achieved by tears and sighs, rather than by our words and phrases” (Epistolae, 130, 10, 20). (CCC 990)

(*The Didache Bible RSV-CE Ignatius Edition, 2006)

Prayer by Fr. Mike: “Father in Heaven, we give you praise and we give you glory. We thank you for this day. We thank you for this brief time, briefer than normal, this time of just exposing ourselves to your Word and to hear your voice. Thank you for reminding us of the virtue of mercy. Thank you for reminding us of the virtue of reverence. Thank you for reminding us of the virtue of faithfulness. In your name, we ask you to please help us to be merciful, to be reverent, and to be faithful. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”