Wednesday, October 17, 2012

It was Psalm 104, not 109

Hello Everyone,

I have just discovered that I put down the wrong verses for Psalm 104. Instead of verses 1-9 with 19-22 as an option, the verses are 1-9, 24, 35c. I don’t know which Psalm I was looking at when I wrote the commentary but it was certainly NOT 104. (I think it was Psalm 109.)

Psalm 104 praises God for God’s great creation. The description of that creation is not something we moderns would recognize. Think of earth not as a large ball but a large flat (or slightly convex) table top covered by water and land. In verse 2 the heavens (or firmament) would be like a tent or umbrella stretched over the table and the clouds fix under it. (The sun, moon, and stars are fixed in the firmament.) Above the tent would be the waters (verse 6) which seep through the tent as rain. In verse 5 the table (earth) is set on it table legs (foundations) to keep it steady. The psalm goes on to praise God for the plants, trees, birds and animals. Verse 24 again praises God for the creatures of the earth. Verse 35c is simply, “Praise the Lord!”. If you read Genesis 1 carefully you will see this idea of earth as a table. This was a fairly common understanding of earth in ancient Mid-East.

Sorry for the error. Praise the Lord!

Peace in Christ,
Pastor Gary Taylor

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