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Psalm 149

The fourth of the final Hallelujah Hymns in Psalms, this one draws the image of a distinct historical event, though we cannot pin it down which one. We do know that during the Period of Restoration after Exile, the returnees … Continue reading

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Psalm 148

This third of five Hallelujah Hymns stands out as a unique call for praise from the whole of Creation. Its structure is rather like a responsive song, a long verse with a short response, then another such pair. This is … Continue reading

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Psalm 147

This is the second of the Hallelujah Psalms. It is obvious that we have three stanzas woven together here; in some ancient manuscripts the third is a separate psalm. We note in passing that at least one contemporary worship song … Continue reading

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Psalm 146

These last five songs are called the Hallelujah Psalms, each marked with the Hebrew word hallelujah at the beginning and end. They were composed for daily worship in synagogues, which of course tells us they were written after the Return … Continue reading

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Psalm 145

This is one of those acrostic Hebrew poems of David, each verse beginning with a different Hebrew letter in alphabetic order. It is also likely a victory song, fitting neatly behind the previous psalm, which is a battle hymn. Not … Continue reading

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Psalms 144

This is one of David’s battle hymns with quotations from several other psalms. It draws the image of someone fully confident in a God who has already shown His great power against enemies of the Covenant. David never forgets that … Continue reading

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Psalm 143

The last of the four songs of distress, this one is also considered a penitent psalm. David has no quarrel with dying here; it’s not a question of what he deserves, but his faith demands he not simply give up. … Continue reading

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