A Psalm of David at the Finishing of the Tabernacle
(ON PSALM 28)
THE TWENTY-EIGHTH PSALM has a general title, for it says, 'A psalm of David,' and it has something specific also, since it adds, 'at the finishing of the tabernacle.' But, what is this? Let us consider what the finishing is and what the tabernacle is, in order that we may be able to meditate on the meaning of the psalm. Now, as regards the history, it will seem that the order was given to the priests and Levites who had acquitted themselves of the work to remember what they ought to prepare for the divine service. Scripture, furthermore, solemnly declares to those going out and departing from the tabernacle what it is proper for them to prepare and to have for their assembly on the following day: namely, 'offspring of rams, glory and honor, glory to his name'; likewise it declares that nowhere else is it becoming to worship except in the court of the Lord and in the place of holiness. 1 But, according to our mind which contemplates the sublime and makes the law familiar to us through a meaning which is noble and fitted to the divine Scripture, this occurs to us: the ram does not mean the male among the sheep; nor the tabernacle, the building constructed from this inanimate material; and____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Exegetic Homilies. Contributors: Saint Basil - Author, Sister Agnes Clare C. D.P. Way - Translator. Publisher: Catholic University of America Press. Place of publication: Washington, DC. Publication year: 1963. Page number: 193.
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