Document: F. van Deursen, Opening the Scriptures: Psalms (II): A Selection of Covenant Songs, trans. by Nelson D. Kloosterman (Grand Rapids, MI.: Christian’s Library Press, 2013).

Excerpt: Our plan is to discuss Psalm 59 first, and then Psalms 56, 57, 34, and 52. We wish to read these psalms in this sequence because the events they sing about occurred during David’s persecution by Saul. Psalm 59: when Saul had almost killed him. Psalm 56: when the Philistines had arrested him in Gath. Psalm 57: when David fled from Saul in the cave. Psalm 34: praise and wisdom from the cave of the oppressed. Psalm 52: after the mass murder of the priestly city of Nob.

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