extent of time. All passing desires should leave us; worldly enticements must depart. We must instead desire what we know is eternal.
I. Alleluia. The ensuing text explains the heading, so that there is no need for extraneous commentary, since the psalm's own words expound it. Read the beginning of the psalm, and you have explained the heading, for Alleluia means: Praise the Lord. Each of the two phrases harmoniously echoes the other, so that you can regard the heading as the start of the psalm, and reasonably regard the start of the psalm as the heading. So let us embark on this psalm trustingly and joyfully, for we are wholly acquainted with its saving message at the very outset.
In the first theme the prophet urges the devoted people to praise the Lord, who raises the humble and depresses the necks of the proud. In the second, he says that we must eagerly hymn the Lord, who grants to those who entreat Him blessings that will profit them, whereas those who show confidence in their own powers cannot be pleasing to Him.
Praise ye the Lord, because a psalm is good: to our God be joyful praise. All human work demands for itself a reward in return, so that we may console ourselves with hope of a gift in store for the toil which we undergo. But in praises of the Lord the very act carries its own reward, for what we now practise will form the repayment itself. Since it is good to proclaim the Lord, each individual is seen to obtain the gifts that were promised; he clearly obtains it when in association with the angels the saints gain the unique privilege of commencing the Lord's undying praise. So let us laud Him with all possible devotion,