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Verse of the Day (June 17, 2020)

Verse of the Day (June 17, 2020) #BMSeminary – Though no superscription is found in this psalm, most interpreters agree that it was written when the ark of the Lord was transferred from the house of Obed-edom to the new location on Zion’s mountain (2 Sam. 6:2–18). Certainly it describes the procession attached to that significant event, but it is more than a historical narrative. It is rich with theology since, at that time, God’s person and His place for Israel in the world seem to have been understood in a much deeper way. The procession is first introduced (vv. 1–3). Because the ark represented the presence of God with His people, its movement to a new location is a reflection of God’s continual blessing on His people and conquest of her foes. Next is a call to praise the Lord for His majesty and His care for the needy (vv. 4–6). The present event of relocating the ark is now put into perspective within the history of the Lord’s works (vv. 7–23). Specifically, it is, in a sense, a reliving of the Exodus (vv. 7–10) and of the conquest of Canaan (vv. 11–14). The Lord has clearly elected Zion as His abode from which He protects His people (vv. 15–23). David next describes the procession itself (vv. 24–27) with its singers and players (v. 25) and the various tribes (v. 27). Finally, the psalm concludes with two hymns (vv. 28–35): a hymn of Israel expressing her prayer for continued deliverance (vv. 28–31), and a universalistic hymn that speaks of the Lord’s rule over all the earth (vv. 32–35). The theological significance of this majestic hymn is twofold. First, it reiterates in a beautiful way the Lord’s election of Israel as a basis from which His rule and blessing flow to the earth. Second, it reveals a growing understanding of the person of the God of Israel. A study of the names of God alone in the psalm establishes this second point: God (v. 1), his name JAH (v. 4), the Almighty (v. 14), the LORD (v. 16), the LORD God (v. 18), the Lord (v. 19, a different Hebrew word from the one in v. 16), and GOD the Lord (v. 20). The action of God in deliverance (v. 18) is interpreted messianically by Paul and applied to the ascension of our Lord (Eph. 4:8). [KJV Study Bible, HarperCollins]

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