Reflections in the High Sierra.
It’s been some time since I had a new post. I have to admit that with travels and a stress fracture in my heel, I’ve slowed down significantly. But after some catchup I am nearing the end of this year’s readings in the Psalms. Today I was struck by two aspects of this Psalm: 1) it probably is not the most culturally relevant Psalm, and certainly would not be quoted by those today who cry for peace; 2) it was particularly striking that the verse which talks about a “new” song….which on the surface is used today to present new aspects of worship or even a new gospel, is in the context of David’s cry for deliverance from falsehood and the hurtful sword.
Psa 144:7 Send thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strange children;
Psa 144:8 Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
Psa 144:9 I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.
Psa 144:10 It is he that giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword.
Psa 144:11 Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood:
Notice the repetition and the conclusion which recalls the exclusivity of the Lord:
Psalms 144:15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.
Listen here: KJV Psalm 144