Now that we have discussed the purpose of this saving psalm, we must confront worldly pains with strength of mind. Let us say, in the initial words of the psalm: I have loved, because the Lord has heard the voice of my prayer; for it is no punishment which impels us to our rest, no grief which guides us there. We must not regard the weeping which provides us with eternal joys as a hardship. Our thoughts must be not on our suffering but on our hope; our transitory ills undoubtedly become less harsh when their most happy outcome is kept in view. So let us ask the omnipotent Christ, who alone can overcome these trials by strength beyond reckoning, to blunt the sharp edge of their oppressiveness, so that what now seems heavy may not be utterly troublesome to us. We shall please the Lord in the land of the living if in this world we make haste to mortify our bodies in the name of His glory.
Alleluia. 1 The praise of the Lord must at some time so swell in our hearts that we cannot regard with contempt the joys which provoke the cry Alleluia. This is the exclamation of the faithful, the words of the blessed, the holy harmony of the singers, and from it our physical ears are sweetly soothed, and our weary souls renewed with heavenly delight. For the words of the martyrs are to be ushered in; they have waxed strong with glorious proclamation, and through their wondrous suffering have attained the Lord's gifts.
Through the whole of this psalm the words of the unconquered martyrs are related. Initially they recount the Lord's kindnesses. In their uncertainty of what could be offered worthy of them, the glorious chalice of martyrdom proffered by the Lord's generosity occurred to them. In the second part the chorus proclaims itself ser