David

Psalm 52

“To the director of music: a Maskil of David. When Doeg the Edomite came and declared to Saul, saying to him: ‘David has come to the house of Achimelek.” (Psalm 52:1-2 [Superscript in English Translations])   Though this psalm can be sung and prayed in many contexts, those with superscripts like this one give us […]

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The Desires of our Heart

“Take pleasure in Yahweh; And He will give to you the petitions of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)   Recently, I my wife was listening to a popular Christian radio station in our area and I heard, during one of the breaks between songs, a commentator saying, “God wants to give you your heart’s desires…” Ultimately […]

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David in the Wilderness: Psalm 63 (part 1)

“A psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah” (Psalm 63:1 {superscript in English Bibles})   It is always helpful when psalms contain superscripts, which can introduce for us the context and the historical setting of the psalm (remembering that in the Hebrew Bible, the superscripts are part of the inspired text).  […]

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My Sin is Before Me: Psalm 51 (part 4)

“For my transgressions I know, and my sin is continually before me.” (Psalm 51:5  [Psalm 51:3 in English Bibles])   David switches gear from using the emphatic chiastic structure to a simple parallel structure—even so, we will not lose the clear emphasis of what he is communicating.  Here he is, staring at his own transgressions […]

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Wash Me From My Iniquity: Psalm 51 (part 3)

“Completely wash me from my iniquity; from my sin, purify me.” (Psalm 51:4 [Psalm 51:2 in English Bibles])   Once again we find David employing a chiastic structure (something he will do through the bulk of this psalm) to add emphasis, bringing together two parallel ideas, yet mirroring them in their order.  These are not […]

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To the Director: Psalm 51 (part 1)

“To the director:  a psalm of David—when Nathan the prophet came to him just as he had gone to Bathsheba.” (Psalm 51:1-2 [superscript in English Bibles])   It is always good, when you come to a psalm, to have a superscript as detailed as this one.  So often, it is hard to determine with any […]

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