Augustine. Exposition on the Book of Psalms. Schaff, Philip (editor). New York: Christian Literature Publishing Co, 1886. Nicene and Post-Nicene Church Fathers: Series 1: Volume VIII. Re-published 2014, Catholic Way Publishing. Kindle electronic edition, ISBN-13: 978-1-78379-372-3.
Augustine begins his comments on Psalm 150 by making an allegory based on the number 150. 15 he takes to be made of seven, the days under the Law, and eight, the days up to the Lord's day (Augustine Psalms, loc. 343427, par. 1). He adds more numerological ideas, seeking patterns, finding a number of ways to reach a significance of the 150 Psalms. However, all are just suggestions, with no definitive answer. He then takes up the division of Psalms into five books, but again his finding is not conclusive (Augustine Psalms, loc. 343441, par. 2).
Psalm 150:1-2 speak of numerous contexts in which we might praise God (Augustine Psalms, loc. 343466, par. 4). His praise here is above all from the place of God's power, which Augustine takes to be the realization of God's victory over death and sin. Verse three and following then speaks in terms of praises using musical instruments. Augustine interrupts these as standing for hte attributes of different saints (Augustine Psalms, loc. 343476, par. 5). Augustine describes all people as having their particular and valuable ways of praising God.
This brings us to the end of our very long walk through the Psalms with Augustine. I'm going to concentrate on posts that are linked to the research I'm doing for my doctoral project for now, but once that research is done, I plan to return to a different topic each day of the week. Thanks for reading my blog!