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2018 August 21
Psalm 108

Ossian Awakening the Spirits on the Banks of the Lora with the Sound of his Harp (after 1801)
Francois Gerard (1770-1837)
Neoclassicism Style
Kunsthalle Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Image Source: web Gallery of Art

     [ Illustration: The celebration of valiant deeds, like those spoken of in today's Psalm, is the theme of today's painting. ]


[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no chapters will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]

     Explanation: In Psalm 108, the Psalmist enters into a dialogue with God in which he dedicates himself to praising God; and he requests that God will deliver his beloved. In reply, God says that he has taken the territories of his people and the territories of the surrounding nations as his inheritance. In response, David asks God for deliverance from trouble because man's help is vain; and he expresses confidence that God will enable him and his fellow Israelites to do valiant deeds.
     David says that his heart is fixed on giving praise to God in song with the psaltery and the harp. He will awake early to do it. He will sing God's praises among the people of Israel; and he will sing among the nations. He notes that God's mercy and his truth are high like the heavens; and God himself is exalted above the heavens, and his glory above all the earth. He asks that he, who is beloved by God, might be delivered by God's right hand. This is also a Messianic reference, since the Messiah is the one who is supremely beloved by God (1-6).
     God has laid claim to Shechem, the Valley of Succoth, Gilead, Manasseh, Ephraim, Judah, Moab, Edom, and Philistia (7-9).
     Therefore, even though God has cast off Israel, the Psalmist knows that God will bring him into Edom's strong city, probably Petra, its capital. David therefore asks that God will give help from trouble, because the help of man is vain. And he expresses confidence that God will enable his people to do valiantly because he will tread down their enemies (10-13).

     [ Sermons: J Ligon Duncan III. Various. ]

Bible Chronologies -- Genesis to Revelation

[Traditional Patriarchal Chronology. Judges Period Chronology 1. Judges Period Chronology 2. Kings of Judah and Israel #1. Kings of Judah and Israel #2].

[Post Exile Chronology 1. Post Exile Chronology 2. Post Exile Chronology 3.]

[Prophets Chronology 1. Prophets Chronology 2. Prophets Chronology 3. Prophets Chronology 4.]

[Intertestamental Period Chronology 1. Intertestamental Period Chronology 2. Intertestamental Period Chronology 3.
Intertestamental Period Chronology 4. Intertestamental Period Chronology 5.]

[New Testament Chronology 1. New Testament Chronology 2. New Testament Chronology 3. New Testament Chronology 4. New Testament Chronology 5.]


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          [ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Psalm 108: Psalm 57:7-11. Psalm 60:5-12. ].
[1] Psalm 30:12; Psalm 34:1; Psalm 104:33; Psalm 138:1; Psalm 145:1-2; Psalm 146:1-2; Exodus 15:1; Psalm 16:9; Psalm 71:8, 15, 23-24; Psalm 145:21.
[2] Judges 5:12; Psalm 57:8.
[3] Psalm 22:22, 27; Psalm 96:10; Psalm 117:1; Psalm 138:4-5; Zephaniah 3:14, 20.
[4] Psalm 36:5; Psalm 85:10; Psalm 89:2-4; Psalm 103:11; Isaiah 55:9; Micah 7:18-20; Ephesians 2:4-7.
[5] Psalm 8:1; Psalm 21:13; Psalm 57:5, 11; Psalm 148:13; 1 Chronicles 29:10-13; Psalm 72:19; Isaiah 6:3; Matthew 6:9-10, 13.
[6] Psalm 60:5-12.
[7] Psalm 89:35-36; Joshua 17:7; Joshua 20:7; Joshua 24:1; Genesis 33:17; Judges 8:5-6.
[8] Joshua 13:8-11; 2 Samuel 2:8; 2 Samuel 5:5; Deuteronomy 33:17; 1 Samuel 28:4; Psalm 122:5; Genesis 49:10.
[9] Psalm 60:8-10; 2 Samuel 8:1-2; John 13:8, 14; Ruth 4:7-8; 2 Samuel 21:15-22; Isaiah 14:29-32.
[10] Psalm 20:6-8; Psalm 60:1; Isaiah 63:1-6; Jeremiah 49:7-16.
[11] Psalm 44:9; 2 Chronicles 20:15.
[12] Psalm 20:1; Psalm 146:3-5; Isaiah 2:22; Jeremiah 17:5-8; Lamentations 4:17.
[13] Psalm 18:29-34; Psalm 118:6-13; Psalm 144:1; 2 Chronicles 20:12; Ephesians 6:10-18; Psalm 60:12; Romans 16:20.
     -- From Treasury of Scripture Knowledge ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Psalm 108 - #1. Psalm 108 - #2. Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


John Calvin - CCEL | Analytical Chart - BLB


Gospel Harmony - Summary | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF) | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF)


Hebrew and Greek Interlinear Download - Scripture 4 All

Bible Hub Interlinear Hebrew and Greek Bible

Bible Hub Hebrew Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Hebrew Interlinear

Mounce Interlinear | Bible Hub Greek Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible

Psalm Detailed Outline


Deliverance from Sinners and from Sin

Nearly all the Psalms (except Psalm 90) were written during the 612 year period
from the time of David around 1016 B. C. to the close of the Canon in about 404 B. C.
Psalm 90, according to its superscription, was written by Moses; this may have been around 1406 B. C.

PSALMS 107-150.
1016 - 404 B.C. Israel
God Praised & Thanked for His Goodness

Psalm 108
O God, grant us triumph.

Map 1: Bible Nations | Map 2: Empire of David and Solomon Map 3: Kingdoms of Judah and Israel | Post Exile Chronology.

1 A Song or Psalm of David. *

O God, my heart is fixed;
I will sing and give praise,
even with my glory.
2 Awake, psaltery and harp:
I myself will awake early.
3 I will praise thee, O LORD, among the people:
and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.
4 For thy mercy is great above the heavens:
and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.
5 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens:
and thy glory above all the earth;
6 That thy beloved may be delivered:
save with thy right hand, and answer me.

7 God hath spoken in his holiness;
I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem,
and mete out the valley of Succoth.
8 Gilead is mine;
Manasseh is mine;
Ephraim also is the strength of mine head;
Judah is my lawgiver;
9 Moab is my washpot [pot of my washing];
over Edom will I cast out my shoe;
over Philistia will I triumph.

10 Who will bring me into the strong city?
who will lead me into Edom?
11 Wilt not thou, O God, who hast cast us off?
and wilt not thou, O God, go forth with our hosts?
12 Give us help from trouble:
for vain is the help of man.
13 Through Godwe shall do valiantly:
for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.

1 To the chief Musician [Transposed From Psalm 109:1] *

* NOTE: On Opening and Closing Comments in the Psalms.
[Some commentators take the Psalm in Habakkuk 3 to be a standard model for the Psalms.
Habakkuk's Psalm begins with the name of the composer (Habakkuk) and a musical notation ("upon Shigionoth").
It closes with a dedication or a "send to" notice ("To the chief singer on my stringed instruments").
I have arranged similar material, where it is found in the Psalter, in accord with the model in Habakkuk.]

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