that such were his meditations? Grant us, O Lord, the humility of the king, the patience of the prophet, for these are truly your gifts in whatever person they reside. Such virtue is not assumed at large by human will, but is granted by the generosity of Your mercy. This humility rises to a special rank of honour among outstanding virtues, for Your majesty deigned to embrace it. In short, let us ponder how greatly honoured is the humility opposed to pride, the humility set, as we see, on the twelfth step. Pride plunges people into hell, but humility leads them to heaven.
A canticle of steps. All these canticles of steps have borne the prophet upward to attain a higher hope, but this one exalted him totally, for it describes the mysteries of the Lord's incarnation. It was right that after the twelvefold aggregate of the apostles, the Lord himself should come as thirteenth, 1 since He is the Head of all. I do not think that this position befits the person of the prophet, as the glory of this great psalm can reasonably be attributed to none other than the Lord Christ; for the humble man who had previously cried from the depths could not suddenly have raised himself to such a height of glory as to seem to transcend human limits. So we must understand here the David who is greatly desired and is strong of hand, 2 whom the humility of the flesh which He assumed befits, yet the omnipotence of whose divinity is outstanding.
Though the prophet has frequently spoken in the psalms of the Lord's incarnation, he clearly announces this great mystery above all in this step, so that he was fittingly able to mount to the glory of perfection, since he unceasingly reveals the salvation of the human race. So in the first narration he recounts the Lord Christ's words, in which we observe that He promised the Father to take no rest whatsoever unless He had injected into human breasts a love of true religion.