Read 127.) Psalms 42, 53, 58, 81 and 101. Psalm 42: Might be as the psalm of the depressed v.5+11! Verse 1 has been a perennial favorite among the saints! There is a depth of feeling that goes right to the heart of Bible religion, and that is one’s own personal relationship with the Only, True God v.1, 2+8. We see a troubled soul, but also memories of joy and praise before God v.4+5. We even find those who are as the wicked, even if there are not labeled as such with verses 3 and 10. Psalm 53: These 6 verses are very similar to, but not identical to the 7 verses of Psalm 14. Some have said this is a Bible error. They look for errors where there are none, and imagine them to be mistakes. There are 150 psalms arranged in 5 books of psalms. Psalm 14 is in Book 1, while Psalm 53 is in Book 2. Because we find parallels in the books of Samuel, Kings and Chronicles, are they mistakes, too? Perhaps these critics are spoken of in verse 1? It is a polemic of how that mankind is of a corrupted and sinful human nature, as Paul used it in Romans, chapter 3. Here, it is more pointed, and goes to those foreigners who would destroy Israel in the face of God’s promise to protect and preserve her, and ends on a note of the blessedness of the Millennial Kingdom, yet to come. Psalm 58: Yes, these 11 verses could well be of righteousness and wickedness, as we had categorized a number of others, but this particular one contains a call for vengeance that is of a particularly emotional sort. First, David identifies these v.1+2, as rulers and judges. Next, he describes them v.3 thru 5. He then goes to his desire for their most unpleasant end v.6 thru 9; and closes on a note of hope and joy in verses 10 and 11. On what public or private occasion might one use this psalm? Not many, I’m sure!
Psalm 81: On a very different note, these 11 verses open with great joy v.1+2, to be strongly expressed v.1 thru 5. Then, from verses 6 to the end, it is as if God, Himself, were speaking to Israel, through David. David uses this device to admonish his people, Israel, to repent of their own ways, and to turn back to their God, that He might bless them in all the ways that He had promised; with victory in battle, and with abundant produce. For God is good, and He would do good unto them! We close with Psalm 101: Another 8 verses of David’s. It’s a psalm contrasting righteousness and wickedness, for sure. I love how the prominence of singing praise unto the Lord can be found in the Psalms. Sing praise unto the Lord! But, along with worship, is the pledge to lead a blameless life, in keeping with the righteous ways and will of God. Verse 3a is another of those favorites, and a tough pledge to try to keep; especially in this digital day and age! While God desires that His own should live right, He also desires their undying love and devotion! It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell