Thursday, July 12, 2012

Cogdell: figurative for David, true for Jesus

Thursday, July 12, 2012
I will extol the LORD at all times;
    his praise will always be on my lips.
My soul will boast in the LORD;
    let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
    —Psalm 34:1-2 (NIV)
    Treating [Psalm 34] as from Jesus adds a beauty and a power to its teachings which would be otherwise missing. What was true for David in a shadowy or figurative sense was literally true for Jesus. For example, in verses 1 and 2, David declared “I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord.” For David this expresses his intention, but this statement is literally and beautifully descriptive of Jesus’ way of life. So it is with the whole psalm.
    ... John R. Cogdell, “The humanity of Jesus Christ, as revealed in certain Psalms”, section II (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, place the spirit of praise within me.
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