From the June, 2009 issue of Touchstone

The Temple & the World by Patrick Henry Reardon

The Temple & the World

Psalm 65 (Greek and Latin, 64) is not easy to take in at first, because it contains so many disparate elements the mind does not readily join together. For example, there is an initial impression that the psalm’s topography is confused. It begins in Jerusalem: “Thou, O God, art praised in Sion; and unto thee shall the vow be performed in Jerusalem” (Coverdale Psalter). Although the psalmist is happy, for a few verses, to “dwell in thy court” and “be satisfied with the pleasures of thy house, even of thy holy temple,” the psalm rather soon moves to wider spaces, referring to those who “dwell in the uttermost parts of the earth.”

If the place of this prayer is uncle . . .


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