Sunday, October 23, 2011

Into your hands I commit my spirit

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We arrive at Psalm 31 in Robert's weekly PsalmChallenge.

It contains a verse well known to both Christians and Jews but for different reasons.

Luke 23:46 has Psalm 31:5 as Jesus' last words on the cross:
"Into thy hands I commit my spirit."

Taize sings it in Latin (hear the midi music here):
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To hear the Brothers of Taize and the people singing "In manus tuas" see YouTube.
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A synagogue window at Hechal Shlomo in Jerusalem illustrates that same verse,

"Into Thy hand I commit my spirit;
Thou hast redeemed me, O LORD, Thou God of truth."


It is something I like to say before falling asleep at night, because the first thing we Jews (from little children to old ones) are supposed to say the next morning (while still in bed) is this:

מודה אני לפניך מלך חי וקים שהחזרת בי נשמתי בחמלה, רבה אמונתך
"I offer thanks before you, living and eternal King, for You have mercifully restored my soul within me; great is Your faithfulness."
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The entire 31st Psalm can be enjoyed at Mechon Mamre, in Hebrew and English.

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12 comments:

Louis la Vache said...

Superb, Dina.
«Louis» appreciates the Taizé tie-in to this.

diane b said...

Sometimes good comes from missing a bus.

Reader Wil said...

"Into thy hands I commit my spirit".

The most faithful words of this psalm are indeed: "Into thy hands I commit my spirit".
I shall try to pray the prayer you pray in the morning, for it is true and beautiful and shows gratitude.
Shalom Dina.

Leif Hagen said...

Dina - you always present us with such a fabulous Psalm Challenge with photo, Psalm passage and thoughts!

Theanne and Baron said...

beautiful...thank you

Spiderdama said...

It is a wonderful thing to do every morning. I think it is much power in this. Think this no 31 is one of my favorites.
Blessed Sunday Dina!

Sara Lorayne said...

Beautifully said, Dina. I think all of us would benefit from adopting this Jewish custom that causes us to remember the living and eternal King and the blessing of life that is his gift to us.

Fran said...

So very beautiful - Dina, you are a tikkun olam personified. Thank you!

VP said...

Thanks for the links, a very interesting post...

Fran said...

Correction - tikkun olam - not a tikkun olam!!!

Dina said...

Friends, thanks for your kind words.

Fran, I never thought of using tikkun olam that way. Very original!
If this blog can contribute even a tiny bit of tikkun olam (repairing of the world), I will be so happy.

ρομπερτ said...

An entry, that could be felt ! Please accept my gratefulness of this post and a special Thank you for choosing these lines, as they do as well mean much for me.

Am very glad to have you 'aboard' with this still small, yet ongoing, challenge. Please have a good start into the new week and please join again soon.