Going Through the Psalms – Psalm 16 – Psalm of the Precious Jewel

This Psalm is titled "A Miktam of David" and, as with the titles of previous psalms, there is a lack of clarity as to its meaning. C.H. Spurgeon bestows upon it the title of "Psalm of the Precious Jewel" and states that others have called it "The Golden Psalm," apparently both titles underscore its treasured … Continue reading Going Through the Psalms – Psalm 16 – Psalm of the Precious Jewel

Going Through the Psalms – Psalm 12 – The Godly One is Gone

This Psalm is titled "To the Choirmaster; according to the Sheminith. A Psalm of David." Once again this Psalm is intended to be set to music but it is unclear of what type. Given its dramatic nature, we could imagine it as an operatic lament as our hero David wonders where all the godly have … Continue reading Going Through the Psalms – Psalm 12 – The Godly One is Gone

Going Through the Psalms – Psalm 11 – To Flee or Not to Flee?

It is not exactly clear when this Psalm was written. Some commentators speculate that it was written while David was in Saul's employ and was pondering an escape (see C.H. Spurgeon commentary and also W. Wilson notes therein). Others that it reflects a time when he had already fled Saul (see Thomas Fuller notes in … Continue reading Going Through the Psalms – Psalm 11 – To Flee or Not to Flee?

Going Through the Psalms – Psalm 10 – The Nature of the Wicked Man

According to Martin Luther this Psalm was described by Augustine as the "Psalm of Antichrist" (see Martin Luther note in Psalm 10 by C. H. Spurgeon). Per Luther, "There is not, in my judgment, a Psalm which describes the mind, the manners, the feelings, and the fate of the ungodly with so much propriety, fullness, … Continue reading Going Through the Psalms – Psalm 10 – The Nature of the Wicked Man

Going Through the Psalms – Psalm 9 – Sing Praises! (part 2)

We continue this entry with its namesake verse. Sing praises to the Lord, who sits enthroned in Zion! Tell among the peoples his deeds! For he who avenges blood is mindful of them; he does not forget the cry of the afflicted. (Psalm 9:11-12 ESV) Here we see verse two (Psalms 9:2 ESV) echoed by … Continue reading Going Through the Psalms – Psalm 9 – Sing Praises! (part 2)

Going Through the Psalms – Psalm 9 – Sing Praises! (part 1)

This psalm is titled "To The Choirmaster: According to Muth-Labben. A Psalm of David." (ESV). Having read through some commentary there is a lack of consensus and certainty as to what the term "Muth-Labben" means. The English Standard Version of the bible indicates that it is "probably a music or liturgical term." C.H. Spurgeon speculates … Continue reading Going Through the Psalms – Psalm 9 – Sing Praises! (part 1)