It is most likely that Psalm 9 and 10 were originally a single acrostic poem. Every other line in these two psalms starts with the next letter in the Hebrew alphabet. The Septuagint (LXX) presents Psalm 9 and 10 this way and Psalm 10 is one of only four psalms in Book 1 that do not have a superscription. Psalms 9 and 10 both speak about rebellion against God but Psalm 9 does it in terms of the rebellion of the nations while Psalm 10 does it in terms of wicked people. Both of these psalms proclaim that while it may not appear as if God is in control, God is sovereign. This psalm’s proclamation of the reign of God is similar to Jesus’ in that we are invited to enter into that reign as part of our present reality while we wait for its full consummation.
Do you ever feel as if God is far away? Do you ever feel as if God is hiding? Have you joined your voice with the psalmist in calling for God’s reign?
Psalm 38 is a lament and is one of the church’s seven penitential psalms (Psalms 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143). This psalm calls upon God for healing. This psalm also proclaims God as a source of hope (verse 15). This psalm also demonstrates that sinners may address God as “my God” and “my salvation”.
Have you called upon the name of the Lord? Have you come to know him as your God and your salvation?
Psalm 87 is one of the songs of Zion and clearly declares Jerusalem to have worldwide importance. This psalm refers to Jerusalem as the city of God. It also portrays God as recording and registering the peoples. There is not much else that is clear from this psalm.
Where is it that God has recorded your name?