doubled. 16 There follows the statement which declares the summit and sweetness of that blessedness, that peace, in other words, the Lord Saviour, should rest upon that blessed Jerusalem, and make all things blessed which He embraces with the power of His majesty. This echoes the earlier words: Mayst thou see the good things in Jerusalem; for this is the peace which every committed person desires, groans for, sighs for; the peace for which he gladly sheds life itself.
We identify in this psalm the promises made to those who fear God, the rewards obtained by the person who with pure mind feels awe for the Lord. So let us pray most eagerly that we may deserve to obtain this fear which we seek not as punishment, but for salvation; from it sprout blessings such as never spring from worldly delights. It is right that we seek this highest gift with vehement entreaty. So as we have said, let us continually beg the Lord that by His generosity we may deserve to attain such gifts. He who bids sinners make entreaty in season and out of season has promised that He can hearken even to the undeserving among us.
A canticle of steps. The tenth step now rises to the tenth level, quitting the things of earth and uniting itself with things heavenly in glorious proximity. Let us now listen to him singing more sweetly as he is perched aloft, for the height of the steps grants us an ascent for understanding the psalms. The person who draws near to the vision of the Lord rightly makes his way upwards. But it is humility which ensures all this, for it fittingly exalts God's servants. Let us observe the content of this number, which brings a reward, for it is the denarius 1 which the rich Lord with devoted generosity grants to those who toil in His vineyard. The prophet teaches us to endure the troubles of the world patiently, for he demonstrates that the Church's sufferings are numerous.