Chapter-a-Day Psalm 50

Dead_sea_scrolls "Time’s up for playing fast and loose with me." Psalm 50:22a (TM)

The Psalms are lyrics to ancient songs. When the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered back in 1947, these ancient, handwritten copies of the Old Testament revealed that the Psalms originally had liner notes which had been lost through the centuries. In most updated versions of the Bible, the liner notes are now included at top of the Psalm.

If you’re like me, you tend to ignore all the footnotes, headers and ancillary "stuff" in the Bible, but sometimes you’re missing "good stuff".The liner note to Asaph’s psalm today says that it was written by Asaph at the time David’s adultery with Bathsheba. Asaph, like most of Israel, were stunned and angry with David’s actions. Asaph, like all true musicians, picked up his harp and poured out his thoughts and emotions in a song – this song.

Asaph takes up what he believes to be God’s thoughts on the matter. David was playing "fast and loose" with Him, treating His word "like garbage." But even Asaph understands God’s grace, finishing the song with the hope of salavation if David will simply "set foot on The Way."

Maybe you should read the psalm again and think of Asaph’s anger, disappointment and disillusionment at his King’s affair.

The lyrics take on new meaning when you know the context. Liner notes are a good thing.

Photo of Dead Sea Scroll courtesy of Flickr and Southworth Sailor.

One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Psalm 50”

  1. It’s the praising life that honors me.
    As soon as you set your foot on the Way,
    I’ll show you my salvation.”
    It struck me this morning that to best understand salvation, one must put in the effort to try to know God. We talked about this effort at youth group last night.

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