Monday, October 10, 2011

Day Nine of My Psalm Journey

I'm excited. For one, I'm not posting this at a few minutes before midnight like I have been the last few days. I've been staying with my friend Katie, and we've been busy doing other things so I just made sure I got in my Psalm reflection at some time during the day, since I wasn't as able to easily access the internet.

Actually, I'm still with Katie. I'll be going home later.  But it's a slow, lovely Sunday afternoon, perfect for reflecting on a Psalm!

I looked at the Psalm today, Psalm 9, and decided not to recopy it in here. It's the longest one yet. Instead I'll link to it so you can read it if you'd like, and then talk about it more in depth than I have lately. 

One of the first things I noticed about the same was the little description at the top. I don't know if you, like me, usually dismiss those. You know, where it says "Psalm of David" or Asaph or "To the director of music" or whatever?

Well this one, it says "For the director of music. To the tune of 'The Death of the Son.' A psalm of David.".  That's according to the NIV (which apparently is biblegateway's default on my netbook... it's New King James on my mom's laptop. Strange.)  Isn't that amazing? Do you see it? "The Death of the Son"! Apparently that was the name of a tune back then. I believe nothing included in the Bible is superfluous.  I'm not sure if the musical director or even David knew the significance of that, but I'm sure God knew that 'The Death of the Son' was a reference to the cross!

The Psalm itself seems to be about God ruling from His throne, judging, putting the nations under Him, and defeating enemies. I smile at the juxtaposition of these words with the tune name.  My hope is in Him!

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