Written and published on 3 November 2018
- ON JEDUTHUN
- PSALM 39: I WILL WATCH MY WAYS
- PSALM 62: WAITING ON GOD
- PSALM 77: IN DISTRESS, I SOUGHT THE LORD
- MORE INFORMATION
I was reading Psalm 62 today, and I came across the name ‘Jeduthun’. That name stirred a Soul memory, from long ago, so I found out what I could about that man …
“A Levite of the family of Merari, and one of the three masters of music appointed by David. (1 Chr. 16:41, 42; 25:1-6) His office was generally to preside over the music of the temple service, Jeduthun’s name stands at the head of the 39th, 62nd and 77th Psalms, indicating probably that they were to be sung by his choir …
“Heman and Jeduthun were responsible for the sounding of the trumpets and cymbals and for the playing of the other instruments for sacred song. (1 Chronicles 16:42)” –from Link: “Jeduthun,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeduthun … CC-BY-SA 3.0
Here are the psalms before which his name stands …
PSALM 39: I WILL WATCH MY WAYS (KJV, public domain)
1 “I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.
2 “I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.
3 “My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue,
4 “Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am.
5 “Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.
6 “Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.
7 “And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.
8 “Deliver me from all my transgressions: make me not the reproach of the foolish.
9 “I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it.
10 “Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thine hand.
11 “When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. Selah.
12 “Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
13 “O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.
PSALM 62: WAITING ON GOD (KJV, public domain)
1 “Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.
2 “He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.
3 “How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence.
4 “They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.
5 “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.
6 “He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.
7 “In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
8 “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
9 “Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.
10 “Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.
11 “God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.
12 “Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.”
PSALM 77: IN DISTRESS, I SOUGHT THE LORD (KJV, public domain)
1 “I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me.
2 “In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted.
3 “I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah.
4 “Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
5 “I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times.
6 “I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.
7 “Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no more?
8 “Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore?
9 “Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.
10 “And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High.
11 “I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.
12 “I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.
13 “Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?
14 “Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people.
15 “Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.
16 “The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee; they were afraid: the depths also were troubled.
17 “The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad.
18 “The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook.
19 “Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.
20 “Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
Link: “The Sounds of Music in Ancient Israel,” in “Jehovah’s Witnesses” … https://www.jw.org/en/publications/magazines/g201103/The-Sounds-of-Music-in-Ancient-Israel/ ..
Link: “Musical Instruments in Ancient Israel,” in BibArch … http://www.bibarch.com/music/music-ancient-instruments.htm ..
Link: “Ancient Cymbals,” in “Bible History” … https://www.bible-history.com/sketches/ancient/ancient-cymbals.html ..
Link: “Ancient Trumpets,” in “Bible History” … https://www.bible-history.com/sketches/ancient/ancient-trumpets.html ..
Link: “The Ancient Harp,” in “Bible History” … https://www.bible-history.com/sketches/ancient/ancient-harp.html ..
Link: “Ancient Tambourines,” in “Bible History” … https://www.bible-history.com/sketches/ancient/tambourine.html ..
Link: “Ancient Sistrum or Rattle,” in “Bible History” … https://www.bible-history.com/sketches/ancient/sistrum.html ..
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