Read 128.) Psalms 111, 130, 131, 141 and 146. We conclude Psalms of a Different Sort with these last 5. Psalm 111: These 10 verses are of unknown authorship. It opens as so many of those we described as being of joy and praise for readings 119 thru 125 with the first 4 1/2 verses, but there is more! It goes to the faithfulness of God in verse 5, and from there to His unlimited power and might in verse 6. There is more of praise and of worship thru verse 9, as well. But what sets this psalm apart is that verse 10 is as a number of verses in the Proverbs, and predates them, as they were composed by Solomon during his reign to follow. Verse 10 comes under the heading of wisdom literature. We will be in the Proverbs in another 8 readings, and it is fair to ask, “Did Psalm 111:10 provide an inspiration to Solomon to meditate upon, and to generate so much else that became a part of his book, The Proverbs?” We will be impressed with the concept of wisdom shortly. The very start of the acquisition and accumulation of wisdom begins here… with a healthy fear of the Lord, and a commitment to live according to His precepts. Clearly, this is also part of what the Book is all about!
Psalm 130: If these 8 verses differ, it is because of the subject being that of sin and redemption. It is salvation. It is one of the Psalms of Ascents recited and/or sung as faithful pilgrims resorted to Jerusalem during the 3 required feasts each year, or, perhaps, in this case, for the Day of Atonement? Imagine yourself among those faithful ones headed to the Tabernacle of God for Israel’s annual cleansing of forgiveness, singing with the throng and awaiting that peace. Psalm 131: Another 3 verses of ascents, it is fitting that it should follow 130. Could it be that after the fearful and anxious waiting in the first 6 verses of Psalm 130, the faithful pilgrims are speaking of how that they will still their souls during the time of atonement offering, awaiting word from the High Priest of its acceptance by God, as the sacrifice for their sins of the past year?
Psalm 141: We are back to David for 10 verses. The elements of a troubled soul is present, as well as the contrast between righteousness and wickedness. It is obviously a prayer. We see that it was vocal, and that this prayer involved the raising of hands. David is in a distress, once again, from those who would seek his life, and, as was his habit, he sought out God, Himself, as his refuge of safety. Finally, we go to Psalm 146. I love how these, from this one, to the end with 150, open and close with, “Praise the Lord!” Praise the Lord all your life, sing praises unto Him as long as you live! Place your trust and hope in the Lord, and not in men. The Lord is faithful. It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell