A Psalm for the Royal Heart

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Psalm 100 (101) appeared recently in the Liturgy of the Hours, described as “The Psalm of a good ruler.” In fact, the Douay-Rheims version begins with, “a psalm for David himself.”

It struck me that this would make an excellent prayer for the Royal Heart who prays for the Christian Monarchies, their well-being, the devotion of their people, and the edification of their Christian cultures. I have started the practice of praying this psalm once a day for my adopted royals, for all Christian Monarchies, and for the leaders of my own country (the Royal Heart must always pray and sacrifice in patriotic duty to one’s own country in addition to our adopted royals).

I find it to be a great blessing and a very biblical way to pray for the Christian Monarchs. Following are two versions, the first being from the New Jerusalem bible and the second being from the Douay-Rheims.

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New Jerusalem (Psalm 100):

1 I will sing of faith love and judgment; to you, Yahweh, will I make music.

2 I will go forward in the path of the blameless; when will you come to me? I will live in purity of heart, in my house,

3 I will not set before my eyes anything sordid. I hate those who act crookedly; this has no attraction for me.

4 Let the perverse of heart keep away from me; the wicked I disregard.

5 One who secretly slanders a comrade, I reduce to silence; haughty looks, proud heart, these I cannot tolerate.

6 I look to the faithful of the land to be my companions, only he who walks in the path of the blameless shall be my servant.

7 There is no room in my house for anyone who practices deceit; no liar will stand his ground where I can see him.

8 Morning after morning I reduced to silence all the wicked in the land, banishing from the city of Yahweh all evil-doers.

Douay-Rheims (Psalm 101)

1 A psalm for David himself. Mercy and judgment I will sing to thee, O Lord: I will sing,

2 and I will understand in the unspotted way, when thou shalt come to me. I walked in the innocence of my heart, in the midst of my house.

3 I did not set before my eyes any unjust thing: I hated the workers of iniquities.

4 The perverse heart did not cleave to me: and the malignant, that turned aside from me, I would not know.

5 The man that in private detracted his neighbour, him did I persecute. With him that had a proud eye, and an unsatiable heart, I would not eat.

6 My eyes were upon the faithful of the earth, to sit with me: the man that walked in the perfect way, he served me.

7 He that worketh pride shall not dwell in the midst of my house: he that speaketh unjust things did not prosper before my eyes.

8 In the morning I put to death all the wicked of the land: that I might cut off all the workers of iniquity from the city of the Lord.

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Author: Walter Adams

I am a missionary for a Kingdom many thought to be lost, commissioned by a Queen many never knew existed. My commission is to seek the spiritual diaspora of Catholic and Royal France. I hold an undergraduate degree in Economics from Princeton University and a Master’s Degree in Public and Private Management from Yale University. I am married and the father of one child. Though raised a Methodist in the Bible Belt and surrounded with evangelicalism as a youth, I converted to the Catholic Church prior to my marriage in 1985. Touched deeply by the life of St. Thérèse of Lisieux and imbued with a filial love for Mary, I set out on a life-long spiritual journey to "seek first" Christ's Kingdom with Thérèse as my guide. Eventually led to confront my inner most being on that lonely, mystical hill of Calvary, I discovered through Mary's maternal guidance and Thérèse's sisterly care that Jesus had called another mighty saint to walk with me and to protect me through that dark and awful night of self-confrontation that leads us in Christ to true freedom. That saint, a spiritual sister to Thérèse, was Joan of Arc. ~ Walter Adams