after their success in overcoming their bodily feelings with the Lord's help! The humility which is the remedy for the human race ensured that they did not fall or stagger through physical frailty. That humility enabled them to put all their hope in the Lord, and they attributed nothing good to themselves with the presumption that causes downfall.
A canticle of steps. The Lord was aware of the unstable progress of human weakness, so He fashioned this path by the steps, so to say, of the virtues, so that our longing should strive more securely for the heights, since our feet were placed on level terrain. This is how we set foot on the ridges afforded by the steps, so that we do not confront a sloping ascent. But though this saving flight of steps is seen to be constructed with suitable assistance, we do not stand firmly upright unless we are kept there by the Lord's control. The ascent, however, is mental and not physical. We mount these steps more successfully by remaining seated in the one place, withdrawn in the location of our tiny cell, than if we flit before the faces of men. The prophet cries that we must trust in the Lord so that we may not toil in vain.
The prophet mounts the sixth step, which is in the science of numbers accounted as perfection. 1 In his initial advice he strengthens the faithful people, saying that they can in no sense be perturbed, for they have placed their trust in the Lord's strength. He gives the reason why the Lord does not allow sinners to advance beyond the lot of the just. In the second section he entreats that prosperity may attend the upright, and vengeance the wicked.
I. They that trust in the Lord, as though he were mount Sion: he shall not be moved for ever, that dwelleth in Jerusalem. The prophetic words