March 18, 2015: Daily Bible Reading with Commentary for Psalm 33-35
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Context: The authorship of psalm 33 is unknown. This is a psalm of praise. It praises the Lord for His faithfulness to His creation. Psalm 34 is a praise of deliverance. When David was being pursued by Saul, he lived in the remote wilderness. At times his faith was low. During one of these times, David went to the land of the Philistines. The Philistines were concerned about having David around. David realized he was in trouble and acted insane in order to escape. The story is recorded in 1 Samuel 21:10-15. When David returned to the "safety" of Israel, he was probably thinking that he should have maintained his faith in the Lord. Psalm 35 is the flip side of Psalm 34. In Psalm 34, David praises the Lord for delivering him from his enemies. In Psalm 35, David is pleading with the Lord to deliver him from his enemies. Psalm 35 also was written while David was fleeing and hiding from Saul. It is not up to us to deliver judgment on our enemies. We are turn them over to the Lord and He will deal with them in His time.
World History: In Psalm 34, the King of Gath is referred to as Abimelech, in 1 Samuel 21:10, the King of Gath is referred to as Achish. This is not a mistake, nor is it referring to two different people. Just a Pharaoh is a general title of the ruler of Egypt, Abimelech is a similar title.