Chancellor’s Diary

by Fr. John Jillions

Fr. John Jillions

January 24, 2014

Psalm 59

When Saul had sent men to watch David’s house in order to kill him.

Deliver me from my enemies, O my God, protect me from those who rise up against me, ...

January 23, 2014

Psalm 58

Is this any way to run a country?

  Is there an honest politician in the house?

January 22, 2014

Psalm 57

…in the shadow of thy wings I will take refuge,

till the storms of destruction pass by.
I cry to God Most High, to God who fulfils his purpose for me. ...

January 21, 2014

Psalm 56

For the director of music. To the tune of “A Dove on Distant Oaks.” Of David. A miktam. When the Philistines had seized him in Gath.

Thou hast kept count of my tossings; put thou my tears in thy bottle!

Are they not in thy book?...

January 17, 2014

Psalm 55

I am distraught by the noise of the enemy,
because of the oppression of the wicked.

(Psalm 55:2-3)

January 16, 2014

Psalm 54

For the end: among the hymns of instruction by David, when the Ziphites came and told Saul, “Is not David hiding among us?”

Save me, O God, by Thy name,
 and vindicate [judge] me by Thy…

January 15, 2014

Psalm 53

The fool thinks in his heart: “God is not present.”
Psalm 53:1a (Anchor Bible)

None is righteous, no, not one; ...

January 14, 2014

Psalm 52

For the choirmaster, a poem of David, when Doeg the Edomite went and warned Saul, ‘David has gone to Ahimelech’s house’

But God will break you down for ever;
 he will snatch…

January 10, 2014

Psalm 51: Purge Me with Hyssop

For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me…
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;

wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Fill me with joy and gladness;

January 8, 2014

Psalm 50

Hear, O my people, and I will speak, O Israel, I will testify against you. 

…you thought that I was one like yourself.
(Psalm 50:7, 21)