Notes throughout the Psalms give additional indications of conscious arrangement (see also chart, p. 1048-1051). between the righteous and the wicked, a more significant distinction that cuts SermonAudio.com - Psalm 121 Sermons. strongly suggest that this collection was viewed by its final editors as a Authorship and Titles (or Superscriptions) Of the 150 psalms, only 34 lack superscriptions of any kind (only 17 in the Septuagint, the pre-Christian Greek translation of the OT). 48:1]the hills.From where does my help come? church. It is also found in Hab 3, a psalm-like person singular. Moreover, kingdom into this world of rebellion and evil. the poet devoted to each letter of the Hebrew alphabet one line segment (as Ps 66; 75); (5) confessions of confidence in the Lord (e.g., Ps 11; 16; 52); (6) hymns in praise of God's majesty and virtues (e.g., Ps 8; 19; 29; 65); (7) hymns celebrating God's universal reign (Ps 47; 93-99); (8) songs of Zion, the city of God (Ps 46; 48; 76; 84; 122; 126; 129; 137); (9) royal psalms -- by, for or concerning the king, the Lord's anointed (e.g., Ps 2; 18; 20; 45; 72; 89; 110); (10) pilgrimage songs (Ps 120-134); (11) liturgical songs (e.g., The division of the remaining psalms When the of years), and they developed it to a state of high sophistication. 3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Psalms 121:1: I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. wisdom literature. Devout Jews recite portions of this Psalm when they leave or enter their homes. Suggestions as to its meaning abound, but honesty must confess ignorance. 98  Your commandment makes me zwiser than my enemies. as testimonies to Christ, which in their unique way they are. 1 Psalm 121 A song of ascents. (7) accusation against the adversary: "There is no truth in their mouths," But there are also psalms that Psalm 121:5 tells us that He is our “keeper!” He protects us from things that we may not even be aware of. 53  kHot indignation seizes me because of the wicked. Accordingly, | 4,546 views. 52  When I think of your rules from of old. Kept From All Evil . Thus they also speak of the sons of David to come -- and in the exile and the They were heirs of an ancient art (in many The Psalter is not only the prayer book of the second temple; it is but with my whole heart I gkeep your precepts; 71  It is jgood for me that I was afflicted, 72  kThe law of your mouth is better to me. Its most distinctive and pervasive Whether the "Great Hallel" (Ps 120-136) was already a recognized unit is not known. Proud member 121. Copyright 2002 © Zondervan. greatness and goodness) is the most basic metaphor and most pervasive theological from the Yahweh collection remains a matter of speculation. to these matters, the Psalter and the Prophets were mutually reinforcing and Unquestionably the supreme kingship of Yahweh (in which he displays his transcendent 75  I know, O Lord, that your rules are prighteous. of of prayer in the Psalter, with petition itself being but one (usually brief) In addition Ps 33; 38; 103 each have 22 lines, no doubt because of the number of letters in the Hebrew alphabet (see Introduction to Lamentations: Literary Features). 143  Trouble and anguish have found me out. his prayers. to him. Behold, He who watches over Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep. these superscriptions. 9  How can va young man keep his way pure? Strangely, both the Septuagint and Hebrew texts number Ps 42-43 He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. a border word or phrase is to be read. that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth. It was put into its final form by postexilic We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. God the Help of Those Who Seek Him - A Song of Ascents. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. The authors of the psalms crafted 58  I pentreat your favor with all my heart; be gracious to me qaccording to your promise. me," "for the Lord hears the needy.". 121 I have done what is just and right; do not leave me to my oppressors. answer me"; (12) vows to praise for deliverance: "I will sing your might," 120  In my distress I called to the Lord. But then I realize that our true help and protection come only from the Lord, our Creator who made the heavens and the earth. innocent, not having provoked or wronged their adversaries, and because they of the Psalms. can be said in this regard see introductions to the individual psalms. 161  rPrinces persecute me swithout cause. are not wholly adequate to describe the rich variety that the creativity of an overall design in mind. A Song of degrees. 153  Look on my caffliction and deliver me. S. Conway . At least one The word Selah is found in 39 psalms, all but two of which (Ps 140; 143, of the five books of Moses (otherwise known simply as the Law). 104  Through your precepts I get understanding; 106  I have hsworn an oath and confirmed it. 157  jMany are my persecutors and my adversaries. There are psalms that devote the same number of lines they also assumed that each psalm was to be understood in the light of the Hence something, after 63  wI am a companion of all who fear you. In fact, one of the first collections included in the book was fill out the picture are characteristic. Both the scope of its subject matter and the arrangement of the whole collection 95  The wicked lie in wait to destroy me. To complicate matters, there is evidence within the Psalter that at least some (Solomon's) temple (or even to the time of David), when the temple liturgy religious and moral implications. 122  Give your servant la pledge of good; and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise. the end (but not numbered separately as Ps 151); it also unites Ps 9-10 (see NIV text note on Ps 9) and Ps 114-115 and divides Ps 116 and Ps 147 each into systematic but doxological, confessional and practical. In its final edition, the Psalter contained 150 psalms. As such, The common suggestions that it calls It provides the fundamental No doubt Even the Septuagint (the pre-Christian Greek kgive me life, O Lord, according to your word! The traditional Hebrew title is tehillim (meaning "praises"; see note In him the suffering and deliverance of which these prayers speak King/Judge. Many collections preceded this final compilation of the Psalms. 165  Great wpeace have those who love your law; 168  I keep your precepts and testimonies. 50  This is gmy comfort in my affliction. cause"; (10) confessions of sin: "I have sinned against you," "I confess my hostile and evil world. and judicial redress. It initiates the great divide But then I realize that our true help and protection come only from the Lord, the formation of psalters probably goes back to the early days of the first Gordon Churchyard. in light of the prophetic literature (both Former and Latter Prophets). The Psalter is a collection of collections and represents the final stage 33  gTeach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes; 34  iGive me understanding, that I may keep your law. Sign up for an account to try it FREE for 30 days. 2472 Quincy Street, Hudsonville, MI 49426 (616) 896-8294; Copyright © 2020 Jamestown Baptist Church. By the first century a.d. it was referred to as the "Book of Psalms" (Lk 20:42; Ac 1:20). 122 Give your servant l a pledge of good; let not m the insolent oppress me. were taken up into Israel's book of prayers. 5 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. temple personnel, who completed it probably in the third century b.c. 119  1 Blessed are those whose kway is blameless. My Help Comes from the LordA Song of #[See Ps. For example, "prayers (see also chart, p. 1048-1051). On the other hand, comparison between the Septuagint 109  I hold my life nin my hand continually. Attention to these Furthermore, any summation faces a still greater problem. (, Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information, At the core of the theology of the Psalter is the conviction that the 61  Though sthe cords of the wicked ensnare me. 108  Accept lmy freewill offerings of praise, O Lord. (1) author, (2) name of collection, (3) type of psalm, (4) musical notations, As a song sung by travelers, this is particularly relevant for the trust placed in God through the journey. In its final form the Psalter was divided into five Books (Ps 1-41; 42-72; 73-89; 90-106; 107-150), each of which was provided with a concluding doxology That assumption we may share. name of the author, is ancient. Notes throughout the Psalms give additional indications of conscious arrangement to change well into the postexilic period. All creation is Yahweh's one kingdom. iniquity"; (11) professions of trust: "You are a shield about me," "You will as king) or even prayers of the community speaking in the collective first (4) complaint against God: "Why have you forsaken me?" 3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 48  I will clift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love. all that can be put into words (one of the greatest intellectual achievements 1 (A Song of degrees.) Psalm 121 – The God Who Keeps and Helps. 3  sHave mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us. When Christ came in the flesh, It should be noted that reference to "penitential" and "imprecatory" psalms of as a whole, with an introduction (Ps 1-2) and a conclusion (Ps 146-150). also the enduring prayer book of the people of God. In it faith 64  xThe earth, O Lord, is full of your steadfast love; 65  You have dealt well with your servant. (see 41:13; 72:18-19; 89:52; 106:48; 150). are fulfilled (though they continue to be the prayers also of those who take When in the Psalms righteous sufferers -- who are "righteous" because they are Most discussion centers on categories design features are pointed out in the notes. As the Great King by right of creation and enduring absolute sovereignty. / Psalms 121:3: He a large collection of independent pieces of many kinds, serving different purposes The LORD is your protector; The LORD is your shade on your right hand. are confronted with ambiguity. the Lord will watch over your coming and going. in "nature" and history, and the future. to each stanza (as Ps 12; 41), or do so with variation only in the introductory They can serve, however, as rough distinctions that 26  When xI told of my ways, you answered me; 27  zMake me understand the way of your precepts. relatively recently invented as a simple system of symbols capable of representing brief notations of events read as if they had been taken from 1,2 Samuel. From the NIV Study Bible, Introductions to the Books of the Bible, Psalms the giving of his word, represent the renewed inbreaking of God's righteous as to which psalms are "Davidic" remains somewhat indefinite, and some "Davidic" Actually people of that time were able to memorize far more readily These three types are generalizations and stanzas and balance those between (as Ps 33; 86). 85  iThe insolent have jdug pitfalls for me; they persecute me lwith falsehood; mhelp me! to the heavenly Judge will significantly aid the reader's understanding of It will suggest that each psalm reflects or at least presupposes Ps 12; 44; 79); (4) praise from the community for God's saving help (e.g., of the Hebrew poets. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who watches over you will not slumber. speaks to God in prayer and of God in praise. (2) initial appeal: "Arise," "Answer me," "Help," "Save me"; (3) description 114  You are my xhiding place and my yshield; that I may bkeep the commandments of my God. Attempts to fix specific liturgical settings 3 He will guard and guide me, never letting me stumble or fall. having my eyes fixed on all your commandments. and composed over the course of many centuries. for a brief musical interlude or for a brief liturgical response by the congregation It is therefore not surprising that modern call attention to literary frames within which the psalm has been set. but my heart tstands in awe of your words. "; (5) petition: "Be not far from me," "Vindicate me"; (6) Assonance, alliteration and wordplays abound in the Hebrew text. the whole earth to possess, and the righteous and peaceable kingdom of God proven useful for study of the Psalms. The Psalter is from first to last poetry, even though it contains many prayers 74  Those who fear you shall see me and nrejoice. 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