17 May 2011
The Introits for Easter III and IV...
...have shared a peculiarity that never struck me before. How many times have I prayed these Psalms over the years and not noticed this? In the Introit for Easter III, Psalm 33 is prayed: "Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield." Our soul? One would expect "our souls." But the Psalmist speaks as though the soul of the those who wait for the Lord is one, not many. And then again on Easter IV, when Psalm 66 is prayed: "He has kept our soul among the living and has not let our feet slip." Our soul, not our souls. As though one soul inhabited all God's people. I am reminded of how Jonathan's love for David was described in 1 Sam 18: "the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul." Isn't that what happens in the Body of Christ? Our souls are knit to the soul of great David's Greater Son, and we love Him as our own soul - and so our souls become one, and we can pray the way the Psalmist prays, as we wait for the Lord, that is, as we wait for His joyous appearing.
Posted by William Weedon at 2:08 PM