DAVID AND PSALMS
David was the greatest king of the Israelites. He was not only a good fighter, but was also famous for his attachment to God; moreover. he had greatly distinguished himself by the integrity of personality.
He came down from the tribe of Judah. Born in 907 B.C., he died in his 70. He ruled for forty years with justice and conquered many territories. During his reign he was in a state of constant war with Philistines, Edomites, Moabites, Syrians and Ammonites. He took Jerusalem which could not be conquered for 450 years.
In the Old Testament prophecy was not attributed to Daniel. The Prophet of the Israelites was at the time Samuel who had anointed David when he had mounted the throne. In affairs of religion he consulted Nathan, a prophet working in the reigns of David and Solomon.
David's devotion to God was such that he could establish contact with Him. God had rewarded him for his allegiance and inspired him the Book of Psalms. The Psalms were hymns to God. They are considered as a monumental work of Hebrew Literature. There are 150 psalms, and. of them, 73 are assigned to David. A brief quotation from the Psalms:
« I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.
I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.
And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.
The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee. They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;
To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.
Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.
The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.
The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.
He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.
The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.
My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever. (Psalms 1-21) »