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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Psalms 6-10

Psalms 6

David wrote this Psalm and the title includes instructions for stringed instrument to accompany it. It is a plea for mercy and relief. The sin is not revealed, but it is a good model for us when we have difficulties and problems.

He confesses that he has wept and struggled to find a place of rest, but only God can give him that peace. 

Psalms 7

 In Psalms 7 David seeks God again for deliverance.  The word Shiggaion is used in connection to someone who appears to be drunk. The stress of his condition caused him great anxiety and he did not act with rational behavior. 

The word Shiggaion is used in Hab. 3:1, but is found no where else in the Bible. I don't believe it means he was drunk, but his emotional state was so severe that he was unable to behave normally.

He is impassioned about his distress and calls on God to deliver him. He cannot find any reason for enemies to assault, but he beseeches God to be just and allow the retribution if he has hurt another, but if he is unjustly accused, he seeks God's intervention.
He prays that God will cause the instruments the enemy uses to fall on his own head.

He closes with praise for God and His righteousness. 

Psalms 8

This is one of the more familiar Psalms. It praises God's glory and His creation of the world and of man.

It opens and closes with the same phrase praising God's glory and majesty.

Psalms 9

Psalms 9 and 10 were originally one Psalm. I don't know what caused the writers to divide it, but it is easy to follow the text and see the continuation of the theme. 

In the Greek Old Testament the Psalms are still one piece. It is an acrostic in which each line in a section begins with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Several Psalms and the book of Lamentations follow this pattern.

Perhaps it was divided to give focus to the shift in emphasis. Psalm 9 spotlights the praise for victory over his enemies, while Psalms 10 seeks judgment for the oppressed. When read together, the shift is seamless.

Instruction at the beginning of Psalms 9 says it is sung to the tune of Muth-labben, which means "on the death of the son of Labben." Some commentators propose this indicates David's mourning for Absalom. Labben was an unknown man. It also indicates the use of popular music.

Psalms 10

In Psalms 10 David calls God to take action against the wicked who abuse the poor and fatherless.  The desire of the humble is they will not be oppressed by others who are no better than themselves.

Read Psalms for yourself and find the truths David saw and praise God as he did.