Read 146.) Psalm 127 and The Song of Solomon. Psalm 127 would be the very last one that we can note from a chronological perspective. That is; there are none left in scripture that appear to have been written, or at least included in the Bible, after this one. There was this prolific period in time, just before Solomon, around the time of his father, King David and those singers, musicians and Psalm-writers of his court and administration who are frequently mentioned as the writers of so many in the book of the 150 psalms in our Bible. First Kings, chapter 4, tells us that Solomon spoke 3,000 proverbs, and wrote 1,005 songs. We’ve just completed a sampling of his proverbs. Now, with Psalm 127 and the Song of Solomon, we only get the smallest sample of just 2 of his songs.
Psalm 127 was included in that very special Psalter known as the Songs of Ascents. These were those psalms that were sung and/or read aloud as the Israelite pilgrims would make their way up to Jerusalem three times a year to appear before the Lord, as prescribed in the Law of Moses. These were specifically set aside to be used during their ascent to the holy city, Jerusalem, and to the temple for their worship for these 3 holidays; Passover and Firstfruits in the early spring, the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost in late spring, and Tabernacles in the early fall. See how these were put together as Psalms 120 thru 134, for a total of 15, or 10% of all our psalms. There may have been more. In this one, of Solomon’s, he ascribes to the Lord their good success, safety and protection. From God comes their progeny, which is a blessing and will result in their having reason to be proud, secure, and to hold on to a future hope for their people. It’s been almost 3,000 years, and Israel, though conquered and dispersed twice since then, are still here, in accordance with all that God had promised them. What God is faithful like Israel’s God… like our God?
The 8 chapters of the Song of Solomon, or Song of Songs, has always posed something of an enigma. What is its purpose and meaning in scripture? Why can’t we just let it be what it is? The Hebrew title is Solomon’s Song of Songs. He wrote 1,005 of them. This one was deemed to be his greatest. It is Solomon’s greatest hit! Okay? And, what was his about? What are so many artist’s greatest hits about? The incredible emotions that are a part of young love! From 1:3, her lover’s name is special to her. Verse 4 would be an expression of physical intimacy, and not the first. There are at least 3, and possibly 6 such mentions! See 1:16 as a possibility. Chapter 2, verse 6, almost surely is, as is 3:4. And, what of 7:7+8, or 7:12? And, then, there is 8:3, which is as 2:6, and again with 8:5? But, be assured, this is marital love, as 3:11 and 4:8-12, and other verses express. Some see God and His wife, Israel, and others, see Christ and His bride, the Church, in all this. It could be. Why not? It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell