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Voices in my Head: Training My Soul to Wait on the Lord.

W. James Biesiadecki

(This is not meant for publication, these are my own sloppy notes. If any of this helps you, may God be praised.)

Psalm 62

A Couple of things to notice:

1. Notice the asterisk next to the chapter reference. The chapter division is not in the original text. In fact you may not realize that before the 13th century, you did not have any referencing numbers. Which is why its good sometimes to read it without those markers... so you take away some of the technical feel to the scriptures. This is not a recipe book. You can thank Stephen Langton, the Archbishop of Canturbury for making specific verses easier to find.

2. Also notice, this is one of the “rock” songs in Book 2 of the Psalms...

61st Psalm Lead me to the Rock that is Higher than I, then Psalm 62 God alone is my Rock and my Salvation.

3. Notice who it is generally attributed to and the circumstances that it gives. These notes are in the manuscripts added at the earliest dates so it does give us important context even though maybe not the inspired words themselves. But like Augstine said of the Psalm 42… this title can be pregnant with meaning.

3. Again to the “Choirmaster”, or chief musician, same as last week in 42,

This time however, it indicates Jeduthun, then saying it is A Psalm of David. In other words, this seems to be a Psalm heard by Jeduthun from the lips of David, or passed from David to Jeduthun. Jeduthun may have heard David sing this song, and he wrote it down.

  • Jeduthun. is a Hebrew name that means “to praise”

  • He was a member of the Levitical family who, along with Asaph and Heman, Jeduthun was most likely present in some of the most intense times of worship for David… such an impact on David on David that when he appointed the leaders of the temple worship… He called on Jeduthun. (1 Chr 25:1; 2 Chr 5:12) Jeduthun and his 6 sons had a legacy of powerful and prophetic worship.

  • Some of his sons were set apart to prophesy along with musical instruments... (1 Chr 25:1, 3),

  • Jeduthun himself was “the king’s seer”. (2 Chr 35:15). The Hebrew word for “seer” is often also translated as "prophet" is the same used to describe: Isaiah, and Samuel, and Nathan, Elijah… a man of God. a holy man.