We are getting into "heavier" readings just before Lent. I looked up the Psalm below to better understand it.
After struggling through several emotional stages, King David finally resolves his despair with a firm proclamation of trust in God. “In God, I will praise my words, in God, I have put my trust: I will not fear what flesh can do against me." DRBO
"Fear and trembling come upon me: and darkness hath covered me. And I said: Who will give me wings like a dove, and I will fly and be at rest? Lo, I have gone far off flying away; and I abode in the wilderness. I waited for him that hath saved me from pusillanimity of spirit, and a storm. Cast down, O Lord, and divide their tongues; for I have seen iniquity and contradiction in the city." DRBO
This Psalm is called the Exaudi, Deus. It is a "prayer of a just man under persecution from the wicked. It agrees to Christ persecuted by the Jews, and betrayed by Judas."
"The psalmist, betrayed by intimate friends, prays that God punishes those oath breakers and thus be acknowledged as the protector of the wronged. The sufferings of the psalmist include both ostracism and mental turmoil, culminating in the wish to flee society. The wish for a sudden death for one’s enemies occurs elsewhere in the Psalms; an example of such a death is the earth opening under the wicked Dathan and Abiram. The psalmist, confident of vindication, exhorts others to a like trust in the God of justice. The Psalm is not so much for personal vengeance as for a public vindication of God’s righteousness now. There was no belief in an afterlife where such vindication could take place." USCCB.
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