Psalm 108

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Psalm 108 is the 108th psalm of the Book of Psalms.

Harley Psalter (1000-1050) - psalm 108
Luttrell Psalter(1320–1340) showing Psaume 108.

The psalm is composed of two parts taken from other psalms.[1] some consider psalm 108 to be the borrower.[2]

This John Paul II said of the fusion of the Psalm 57:8-12 and 60:7-14) shows that "Israel, already in the Old Testament, was re-using and bringing up-to-date the Word of God revealed."[3]

Uses[edit]

Judaism[edit]

שִׁיר מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד. נָכוֹן לִבִּי אֱלֹהִים

  • Verse 7 is part of the closing paragraph of the Amidah.[4]

Catholic[edit]

This is one of the psalms which St. Benedict of Nursia did not specify the use, in the Rule of St. Benedict of 530AD. However, Psalm 108 was traditionally performed by his order to the celebration matins of Saturday,.[5] or according to another document of the founder or according to one of his successors, so that all 150 psalms are executed each Week.[6]

In the Liturgy of Hours, Psalm 108 is read to the Office of Lauds of Wednesday of the fourth semaine.[7]

Protestant[edit]

Spurgeon called the psalm "The Warrior's Morning Song, with which he adores his God and strengthens his heart before entering upon the conflicts of the day."[8] While Henry calls it "An assurance of Gods answer and salvation".[9]

It has been set to music in The Anglican "Hymnal 1982", The United Methodist Hymnal, Psalter Hymnal (Gray) and the Baptist Hymnal 1991

References[edit]

  1. ^ James Luther Mays, Psalms (Westminster John Knox Press, 2011 ) p347.
  2. ^ William Barrick, Psalms Hymns and Spitritual Songs: The Master Musician melodies (2007).
  3. ^ General Audience of John Paul II Wednesday, 28 May 2003].
  4. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 119
  5. ^ Psautier latin-français du bréviaire monastique, p.408.
  6. ^ C'est la raison pour laquelle la distribution aurait été fixée par lui. (chapitre XI, traduction par Prosper Guéranger,(Abbaye Saint-Pierre de Solesmes, réimpression 2007) p39.
  7. ^ Le cycle principal des prières liturgiques se déroule sur quatre semaines.
  8. ^ Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David
  9. ^ Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary