HT: Camille Lewis (a former teacher of mine)
Is it just me, or are some of the Psalms theologically shallow?
- Psalm 133 is all about unity on a human level. It mentions God only in the last line, almost as an afterthought.
- Psalm 42 is so experiential. It’s all about how the psalmist “feels”: about God, about life, about his problems.
- Psalm 136 is astoundingly repetitive. It says the same thing again and again and again. You’ve heard about “7-11″ praise choruses (7 words, repeated 11 times)? Well this psalm repeats the same 6 English words 26 times!
- Then there’s Psalm 47:6-7. Talk about repetitive! It tells us to “sing praises” no less than 5 times in 2 verses! We get it already!
Yes, it grieves me to report that some of the Psalms are doctrinally shallow, especially when compared to the great doctrinal portions of Scripture like the epistles. Perhaps we should stop singing them.
I speak as a fool. (more…)