Textual issues in the “chorus” of Psalm 42-43

While preparing for a sermon on Psalm 42 recently, I stumbled across an odd text-critical issue. Most commentators point out the presence of a repeated refrain/chorus in verses 5 and 11, which also appears in Psalm 43:5. In several English translations, these are rendered identically, e.g. ESV: “5 Why are you cast down, O my […]

So no one told you life was gonna be this way

What does the Friends theme song sound like in a minor key? That’s what Youtuber Chase Holfelder tried to find out when he covered The Rembrandts’s 90’s classic, “I’ll Be There For You”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=14&v=UmdkGH3Plgo https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=14&v=UmdkGH3Plgo It’s telling how a few musical tweaks can shift a song’s mood entirely. After all, your job’s a joke; you’re […]

Kiss the son? Thoughts on preaching Psalm 2:12

When preparing to preach Psalm 2 recently, I stumbled across a dilemma while translating the Hebrew text. As the psalmist winds down from verses 10-12, there’s a couple of exhortations to the raging kings of the earth. “Be wise; be warned” (v10). “Serve the Lord with fear; rejoice with trembling” (v11). Then in verse 12, […]

Declare your faith for those who are faithless

Earlier today I was listening to a sermon on Psalm 150 this afternoon. About halfway through, Daniel Montgomery made a good point regarding what we’re to do in our gathered worship: And here’s the deal – what you notice in the “what” of praise [referring to who Psalm 150 is directed to], is that it’s […]

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