I’ve now realised these are called the ‘enthronement Psalms’. From 93-100.
There is speculation that the collection was used at the feast of the tabernacles, a festival where Jewish people gather and eat and/or sleep for a week in booths; tents, to celebrate harvest by mimicking the traditional sleeping arrangements for farmers, and to recall the exodus journey.
It was a joyous feast and these are certainly joyous Psalms.
This one mentions Gods rule over all nations, but mainly remembers some greats of Jewish history: Jacob, Moses, Aaron & Samuel.
I’ve been thinking a bit about Christian music recently. I had a conversation with a Swiss piano player guy about it last week at church, and he was airing old grievances about the narrow focus of so many modern songs.
To check that it wasn’t just prejudice talking, I analysed the top ten fave BBC hymns of praise, to represent traditional taste and stats of the top ten currently being sung in churches, to represent modern.
9 out of 10 of the modern group had god’s goodness/majesty as the subject matter, 5 of 10 the traditional songs were about living godly lives (eg: make me a channel of your peace) and generally a much wider range of subject matter and theme.
The Hillsong type songs are almost exclusively enthronement songs like these. And the limitations I’ve been pondering in both connect.
Gods reign is actually not that evident. The devil may have been dealt a decisive blow at Calvary but he’s still at large, evil is still in our world and in our hearts.
Jesus made it clear how to respond to this: ask for forgiveness, seek god’s kingdom.
In every one of these Psalms, god’s reign is exciting because it is one of rightness, justice and equity. Which is a clue about seeking Gods kingdom.
Also in most if not all – haven’t specifically checked – the world trembles or shakes.
The majesty is there in those modern songs, and the humbling thrill of personally experiencing god’s love.
Our role in living as citizens of God’s Kingdom by seeking justice and equity throughout the world? Not so much.