Monday, April 20, 2009

Psalm 49

As a songwriter, it's crazy to think that the Psalms are actually songs and folks actually sang them in their entirety. (although, I have to think that some of the Psalms were, for lack of a better term, "special music" in the Jewish gatherings, and not all congregational anthems that we or they should prescriptively sing in our corporate gatherings. . . . but I digress. . . )

They're just so thick, wordy, and brutal, at times. The bible remains way, way too cool for us, we're not yet "edgy" enough for It. Again, I digress. . . . . .

The point: Here's a really encouraging Psalm that I ran across tonight, especially if you've ever been fired wrongly, or swindled financially. . . in these economic times, it's good to have the fresh wind of scripture to blow through our big mess. (emphasis and parentheses, mine)

Psalm 49:5-9

Why should I fear in times of trouble
when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me,
those who trust in their wealth and boast of the abundance of their riches?
Truly no man can ransom another (you're worth more than your job, or the way someone mistreated you)
or give to God the price of his life
for the ransom of their life is costly
and can never suffice
That he should live on forever
and never see the pit. . .(vengence is mine says the Lord)



Publican_Chest said...

Where did you get the idea that there was "special music" in the Jewish synagogue?

aaron said...

Well. . . I didn't mean it like we mean it :)

The songs that David sang before Saul, or the confession he made after Nathan confronted him, or the songs of Asaph that weren't necessarily sung in the synagogue gatherings by a large group of people, that's all I meant.

Some of those songs are about things, or are for occasions, ect. . besides the corporate gathering. Special music was definitely the wrong term :)