In today's weekly General Audience, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about Psalm 143/144:
LORD, what is man that thou dost regard him,
the son of man that thou dost think of him?
Man is like a breath,
his days are like a passing shadow.
Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down!
Touch the mountains that they smoke!
Flash fortht he lighting and scatter them,
send out thy arrows and rout them!
Stretch forth thy hand from on high,
rescue me and deliver me from the many waters,
from the hand of aliens,
whose mouths speak lies,
and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
(Ps. 143/144:3-8 RSV)
P.I.M.E. Asia News - Italy has an article online about the Pope's message today here. Here is an excerpt:
“Faced with the all-mighty Lord and notwithstanding his regal dignity the orant feels his weaknesses and fragility. . . . Thus, ‘Why does God concern Himself with such a miserable and fleeting creature?’” asked the Pope. “The answer to this question (cf v. 3) comes when God bursts onto the scene in the so-called Theophany and its a procession of cosmic elements and historical events that celebrate the transcendence of the supreme King of being, the universe and history. Hence the mountains erupting (cf v. 5), striking thunderbolts that scatter the wicked (cf v. 6), the ocean “waters” symbolising the chaos from which the divine hand saves the king (cf v. 7)."