Psalm To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. David clearly felt that God had intentionally forsaken him, an emotion Jesus echoed Matt. But David will shift radically from turmoil to tranquility in the space of 6 short verses through 3 levels of attitude. Verses These lines reintroduce the familiar triangle of the psalmist, his God, and his enemies. This 3-way relationship produces perplexity and pain. When God does not immediately deliver his people from their enemies, or help them out of an affliction. When he does not discover his love, communicate his grace, apply the blessings and promises of his covenant as usual. And when he does not visit them in his usual manner, and so frequently as he has formerly done, they are ready to conclude he has forgotten them.
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Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies
The title tells us both the author and the audience of the psalm: To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. This is a psalm of transition. Starting in discouragement and despair, David finishes in a place of trust, joy, and encouragement.
In the Greek Septuagint version of the bible, and in its Latin translation in the Vulgate , this psalm is Psalm 12 in a slightly different numbering system. In Latin, it is known as "Usquequo Domine". The psalm is a regular part of Jewish , Catholic , Anglican and Protestant liturgies. Theodoret theorized that this psalm was composed by David when his son Absalom conspired against him. Brown asserts that prayer is the turning point between mourning and rejoicing. Spurgeon notes that the repetition of the words "How long? Verse 6 in the Hebrew is recited in the morning prayer service during Pesukei dezimra. The entire psalm is recited as a prayer for the well-being of a sick person, according to the Chasam Sofer and the Siddur Sfas Emes.