I find this one very beautiful somehow. It has a very intimate tone. David is quite relaxed.
Things aren’t necessarily relaxing. It’s about the treachery of his court – there were a few successful rebellions against him. But he genuinely seems chill about whatever comes
He returns to the phrase ‘my soul finds rest in God’, it’s like the chorus line.
It has a wry, ironic, feeling. He talks of God being his fortress again, his rock, and himself ‘this leaning wall, this tottering fence’.
It’s pretty funny really, the plotters will feel like they’ve won if they do this easy thing, knock over David, but then one day will face the actual rock.
Psalms work similar to Jesus’ words at putting your head into the kingdom of God. They are great for that moment to moment, real time, seeing of the world from God’s perspective. Solid things are transient, invisible things are solid, it’s all upside down and not as it seems in the kingdom of God.
The wry feeling extends to David’s ambivalent attitude to power and wealth. Plotters are setting their heart on a prize that means little to him, he tells theto pour God.
I was struck by the section on the low born and the high born, how together they are a breath, but the highborn are breath with more lies.
The end really spoke to me also. God says one thing, but David hears two. It’s a profound thing to say about God’s truth, it does have this unity to it. It’s why I’m reading these ancient texts from another context.
The two things he hears are like a case study of Jesus’ two greatest commandments, about the love of God and ethics between each other being, in the end, the only important things. And even those are variants of the same word of God. The rock is a refuge and a stumbling block.
Another great start to the day! Who could panic about anything after that?