Moses by John August Swanson. Image from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, Tenn. Original source © 1983 by John August Swanson.
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Preaching Series on Psalms
Psalm 40:1-10 Commentary
by Rolf Jacobson
[This is Week 5 of a 6-week preaching series on Psalms.]
Preaching text: Psalm 40:1-10; accompanying text: Luke 17:11-19
Reorientation, Part 2: A New Song
The most famous version of Psalm 40 is by the rock band U2. For many years they ended most concerts singing, “I will sing, sing a new song.”
The “new song” (Hebrew: shir chadash) is most likely a technical Hebrew term for what psalms scholars usually describe as the “song of thanksgiving” -- a song that is sung after the psalmist has been delivered by the Lord from the jaws of some crisis.
Brueggemann calls these poems "psalms of reorientation (or new orientation)." These psalms "bear witness to the surprising gift of new life just when none had been expected.”1 They recognize that the ship has sailed through the storm and a new shore has been reached. But having sailed through the flood and the hurricane, there is no going back to a naive harbor childlike “orientation." These psalms speak for those who have been ...
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