Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Comment on a Psalm

The Psalm starts (and ends) with a cry of desperation. Life is not going well so the psalmist calls to God to rescue him and to do that quickly. What follows are two requests. The first has to do with those who are attacking him. He wants them shamed. That is, he wants what they were hoping for not to come about and thus for them to be humiliated. Interesting request, no? The second request has to do with the faithful, those who seek God. Isn't this also interesting? In the midst of his pain, the psalmist is thinking about the rest of the saints. He asks God to bless them with happiness so that they will praise Him.