Tehillim / Psalms 108, ספר תהילים קח, Part 1, Awake Oh Slumberer


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In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 108:1-13, the Psalm opens saying, א   שִׁיר מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד: ב   נָכוֹן לִבִּי אֱלֹהִים אָשִׁירָה וַאֲזַמְּרָה אַף-כְּבוֹדִי:  A song. A psalm of David. 108:1 My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing, I will sing praises, even with my soul. (NASB)  What does David mean that he will sing praises to the Lord even with his soul?  What is it about the soul that makes this so significant?  The Psalmist continues saying, ג   עוּרָה הַנֵּבֶל וְכִנּוֹר אָעִירָה שָּׁחַר: ד   אוֹדְךָ בָעַמִּים | יְהֹוָה וַאֲזַמֶּרְךָ בַּל-אֻמִּים: ה   כִּי-גָדוֹל מֵעַל-שָׁמַיִם חַסְדֶּךָ וְעַד-שְׁחָקִים אֲמִתֶּךָ:   108:2 Awake, harp and lyre; I will awaken the dawn! 108:3 I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples, And I will sing praises to You among the nations. 108:4 For Your lovingkindness is great above the heavens, And Your truth reaches to the skies. (NASB)  We give thanks unto the Lord and offer praises because of His loving kindness.  What does the psalmist mean that the truth of God reaches to the heavens?  What is the truth the psalmist is speaking of?  The modern theological approach to the “truth” of God is to direct us to the Messiah.  What was this truth the psalmist speaks of?  The psalm continues saying, ו   רוּמָה עַל-שָׁמַיִם אֱלֹהִים וְעַל כָּל-הָאָרֶץ כְּבוֹדֶךָ: ז   לְמַעַן יֵחָלְצוּן יְדִידֶיךָ הוֹשִׁיעָה יְמִינְךָ וַעֲנֵנִי:  108:5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, And Your glory above all the earth. 108:6 That Your beloved may be delivered, Save with Your right hand, and answer me! (NASB)  The truth may be related to the faithfulness of God to deliver His people from their enemies. Tehillim 108-Part1