- David pronounces a blessing on those who seek after God.
- He admits that when he was silent toward God his bones wasted away from groaning all day.
- His strength was sapped as though by a hot Summer day.
- When he realized it was from his sin, he asked God’s forgiveness.
- God took his sin and forgave him.
- God calls upon him to not be like a horse or mule that has to be guided with a bit and bridle.
- “Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in Him.” (verse 10)
- David exhorts us to be glad and sing.
This must have been written shortly after Nathan, the prophet, confronted David about his illicit affair with Bathsheba. He also gave him the message from God that her firstborn son would die.
This upset him terribly and he went into a time of morning and fasting, in an effort to change the mind of God.
When the son was born and died shortly thereafter, he surprised everyone when arose from his bed, bathed, ate his fill and began to sing and praise God. When asked why he was not mourning the child’s death, he responded that God kept his word and his punishment was over and he needed to get on with his life.
I don’t see that it is any different today. When I make irresponsible goofs and disappoint God, I need to accept His chastisement, and get on with my life.
I got to wandering about these psalms of David. Wandering how they would be sung. So, I did a little research on the internet. I discovered that there is a lot more to them than appears on the surface!
Check out this info that I found:
This is from an article about his work, by Uri, an Israeli Hebrew teacher:
The music in the words:
Tunes of Psalms are reverberating in my mind while I am writing. Without words, melodies only. This music is older than any song I have ever heard, but it is probable that it was not played for thousands of years. Maybe never. Not even by King David, the author of these Psalms.
I am talking about the sounds of God’s words that were translated to music. Responsible for this creation are two people: Uri Harel, an Israeli Hebrew & Bible teacher, and Kevin Zadai, a musician from Phoenix, Arizona. The two developed a method to replace the letters of the Hebrew Alef-Bet by musical notes. They used synthesizers to create hymns of praise made of actual Psalms. The result is 11 Psalms that were recorded onto a CD and published under the name “Music from God”. What catches the ear is the melodic harmony. The notes express the Alef-Bet and supposedly are not connected, but in some magical way they create melodies that sound like the wind, full of powerful vibrant echoes.
At first it may be hard to recognize the perfect wholeness of each Psalm, but after listening to it repeatedly it becomes evident. Every “chapter” opens with a soft sound that flowers and grows into a beautifully orchestrated harmony. Trumpets, bells, strings and other traditional instruments were used in order to achieve this melodic perfection. The somewhat metallic sound of computerized synthesizers becomes a part of this music. Until now I never cared much for computerized sounds, but the digital perfection of this work gives birth to a plethora of supernatural qualities.
Hymns of Psalms speak directly to God, begging for love and justice. Anyone who listens to this music, even without knowing what it symbolizes, will feel similar feelings of prayer. I am not certain if King David was fully aware of the musical quality that he wrote, even though he was known to be a very talented musician.
What we could not know is what God hears when we pray. We convey our prayers in Hebrew, English, Yiddish, German, Spanish, French and more and more; a blend of languages, dialects, accents, slang etc. It would be a bit childish to expect God to listen to each prayer in its source language. Now we added a new language, the language of the computer.”
The two authors, it seems, have succeeded in breaking a code that is maybe as old as the written word.
Here are several samples of his translations that I discovered.
- This psalm is giving praise and thanksgiving to the Creator and Preserver of this earth
- He exclaims that God needs to be praised with musical instruments and voice
- Make the music loud, the voice strong with new songs
- Because the word of the Lord is right and just
- The earth is full of examples of God’s loving kindness
- He made the world and everything in it with the breath of His mouth
- Let everyone in the earth stand in awe of Him, for He spoke and it was done, He commanded and it stood fast
- Now, He looks down from His dwelling place and considers all that we do and understands us
- His eye is upon those who love Him and He rescues their lives from eternal death
- We are not saved by our great strength, nor our machines of war, salvation comes from the Lord
- We are admonished to wait expectantly on Him for He is our shield and defender
David is reminding his listeners of the creation story and of God’s love for His creation. He wants all people to remember that we are not enduring this life alone, but we have a great God who looks after our well-being with love!
“Let Your steadfast loving kindness, O Lord, be upon us, in proportion as we have hoped in You.” Verse 22 (Amplified)
Ahh, yes! Hope, one of the great needs for human existence. The more hope that we have, the more expressions of His love we will enjoy.