Meditations on the Psalms #63

Day 63

Selah prt 3

Have you ever considered that when Ezra compiled the book of Psalms after the Babylonian captivity, that the psalms of David were already over 500yrs old! In our terms that would take us back to before when Christopher Columbus discovered the new world! For another 450 years, this book served as the liturgy for the reunited nation. The OT was translated into Greek by 70 Hebrew scholars (thus the Latin term Septuagint.) This translation was begun in the 3rd century BC and was completed in 130BC. Jesus, Paul, and the other disciples quoted from the Septuagint. As stated previously Psalms is the most quoted book in the NT and 8 psalms figure prominently in the closing hours of Jesus’ life. 

Wind the clock 2,000 years on and we find the ancient words of David and other authors in the book still speaking powerfully to us today. 3,000 years on still ever true! His experience and spirituality stand monumental against the onslaught of time. The rainbow of his undulating emotions amidst the ups and downs of life are laid bare in his prayer journal divinely preserved over the millennia of time, to aid and support our pilgrimage here. We sometimes struggle with the ancient culture in which they were written, and the mode of expression that is often foreign to us, but still, somehow relevant, and often the first port of call to those who are struggling through life’s issues. Being honest with God in our struggles and bringing Him into the dark times are great lessons with which David has blazed a trail for us. The ‘lamp unto our feet.” 

When David, in his old age, once again had to flee into the wilderness because of his son Absalom’s rebellion he wrote from the wilderness, with Absalom in control of the palace, “LORD, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me. Many are they who say of me, “There is no help for him in God.” Selah. But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head.” (Ps.3:1-3). Living words for today.

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