The Mystical Psalms

Last night I was reading through the New American Standard version of the Psalms, and discovered these verses, all of which suggest a spirituality of contemplation and silent resting/waiting for God:

Tremble, and do not sin;
Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

— Psalm 4:4

Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.

— Psalm 37:7

My soul, wait in silence for God only,
For my hope is from Him.

— Psalm 62:5

There will be silence before You, and praise in Zion, O God,
And to You the vow will be performed.

— Psalm 65:1

Surely I have composed and quieted my soul;
Like a weaned child rests against his mother,
My soul is like a weaned child within me.

— Psalm 131:2

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About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • phil foster

    You certainly came up with a good collection. The Renouvare Spiritual Formation Bible only adds Psalm 39:9

    “I am silent; I do not open my mouth, for it is you who have done it.”

    Synchronicities abound. I am deep in the Psalms just now (or, are they deep in me?). I’ll be doing a homily in worship this Sun on Psalm 13 (“How long, O Lord, how long…”)


  • Mike Morrell

    Yeah, the NASB is particularly good for ‘mystical’ readings of Scripture I’ve found, in Psalms, Paul, the Gospels etc…. interesting since it’s considered the most word-for-word literal translation, if not always the most readable from a syntax perspective.

    Great Psalms! Thanks for sharing…

  • Desertfish

    Blogger Carl:
    Found your beautiful site through Country Contemplative. These are lovely lines to pray and meditate with.