We are in the Wisdom Stream and reading from the New Century Version.
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Commentary by Dr. Drake Travis
Lord YOU ARE GOOD and good all the time. We thank you and pledge ourselves to you because of who you are. Amen.
108 – This is a battle song. Armies throughout history have used songs to rouse up the soldiers and put them in a forward, positive spirit. If anyone noticed, some of this is reminiscent to Psalm 57, and 60. The illustrations within here are effective linking parts of the country with parts of armor and other aspects of battle. This makes it a catchy Psalm to teach to any age. It again covers an entire gamut and range of emotions. David is a man after God’s heart and to be that he bears his own.
109 – This is one of the cursing Psalms, seemingly related to Psalm 35. David wants this one sung and remembered. He really has it in for those who have come against him. He spares no one in wishing those who fight him, God, Israel, Jerusalem, the proper Hebrew faith – David wants them to suffer and be removed in every way. He wants the enemies of God to be halted, their children neutralized. Their families are bad, their ancestors were bad, they ARE bad, their children are going to be bad so “get rid of ’em God!” David is praying. Pentecost and the HOly Spirit coming so to see that all saved has made prayers like this something that we aren’t to be praying (p-r-e-y-i-n-g) for/upon people. But again, these agonizing sentiments are foisted at David and he is running to God with them. It’s, again, a good lesson.
110 – This is prophecy of Christ Jesus. No other one could be referred to in history or future but the Christ told of in 110. This is historical and theological. This Psalm is quoted in Matthew 22, Acts 2, Hebrews 1 & 5. Fascinating that David is spurred along in the Spirit and inspired to pen this 1,000 years before His Savior; HIS king arrives to eternally reign. This is a boundless discussion without end. Just amazing.
111 – The LORD God is majestic, honorable, righteous, loving, just, faithful, true, holy and eternal in all of these attributes. This one is worth memorizing and reciting throughout life.
112 – The prior Psalm is all the attributes of God. This Psalm is the attributes of those whose souls are fixed upon God, upon being with God, and being touched by God. The blessings of God fall upon them too. The similarity gets our attention. Those who love God act like Him. This is marvelous. In short, realize 111 and you’ll live 112.
113 – This Psalm and 114 were sung at the beginning of the Passover meal. They are songs bursting with joy and good sentiments and truths about God’s goodness and compassion and magnificent care for us. It is Psalms like this that are used in worship at family gatherings that have made the Hebrews such an enduring culture for 4,000 years.
114- This Psalm, is also sung at the beginning of the Passover meal. It hearkens back to the Exodus and the events bringing the Israelites to the Promised Land. The symbolism and word pictures add flare and intrigue. You can see even a child’s mind racing with imagination while singing this through with the rest of the family. This keeps God’s saving nature at the forefront of people’s thinking. It also keeps the Israelites remembering who it is that grants them everything they have and are. God and his mighty hand that serves and protects are the issue here.