Great is the Beloved and greatly to be praised in the abode of the Most High!
Psalm 48: A Lectio Divina
A Lectio Divina meditation on Psalm 48 from Nan Merrill’s book Psalms for Praying
Experience stillness and in the quiet hear what God is offering from these rich and hope-filled words.
Great is the Beloved and greatly
to be praised
in the abode of the Most High!
The holy mountain, beautiful
is the joy of all the earth;
Clear as crystal within its
Within the stronghold of open hearts,
the Beloved’s voice can be heard.
For lo, the inner fears assembled,
they came forth together.
As soon as they saw the Beloved,
they were in panic, they took
Trembling before the eyes of Love,
they laboured for a stronghold.
Through the Heart’s ear, the Word
can be heard,
The refining Fore of Divine Mercy
melted hearts held in bondage
by fear and illusion,
In the abode of the Most High,
where the Beloved lives forever.
We have pondered your steadfast
Love, O Beloved,
in the midst of our hearts,
Your Holy Temple.
We call on your name, O Holy One,
and praise You to the ends
of the earth.
Your word is our armour of strength
let us rejoice and be glad!
Let all peoples rejoice because
of your forgiving love!
See with your heart’s eye
the crystal mountain,
note the clarity and purity within;
Consider well the essence of love,
the echoes of mercy and justice,
That you may tell the generations
that this is the Beloved,
our hope for ever and ever.
Yes, the Blessed One will be with us