grasp such great glory, that proud and wicked sinners should experience as judges those who they thought were to be slaughtered here on earth like cheap cattle? So that you would not perhaps imagine that the apostles alone would pass judgment, he added: This glory is to all his saints. All participate with Christ in judgment who do not oppose His commands, for with devoted will they too share in His decisions. But though the power and glory of the saints have been described in this varied account, none of them is found to have all the rewards of virtues in their totality. Christ Jesus is the only one of whom Paul says: For in him dwelleth the fullness of the Godhead corporeally, 11 that is, in substance. Since the Lord possesses all blessings perfectly and wholly, He bestows on each as He wills; as John says, He is clearly the fullness of all the saints. 12
We must carefully observe how the preceding psalm is linked to this one in the task of praise, and how a certain differentiation divides them. In the first he encouraged all creatures to proclaim the Lord, but this one more separately and specifically showed that Israel must sing a new canticle and become joyful over their own Lord, who has made them gather from the crowd of nations. Also mentioned is the power which is to be bestowed on the saints at the judgment, so that the Lord's strength can be acknowledged in their glory. In this sense it is both associated with the previous psalm in its task of praise, and distinct from it in the peculiarity of its themes.
i. Alleluia. See how once again that herald of salvation is brought back before us, to speak not of bodily sustenance but of heavenly abundance. The city of God is urged to gather from the circumference of the world, and to sing with tongue and heart. So let us sing with total concentration this Alleluia, which through the Lord's ordering has brought the entire corpus of psalmody to its high point. Just as