Thoughts: Biblical scholars believe that David – a Renaissance man before the Renaissance – wrote 76 of the 150 psalms. Temple musician Asaph wrote 12. David’s son Solomon, a name synonymous with wisdom, wrote two. Another temple musician, Aleph, wrote one, as did Ethen, a wise man who was a contemporary of Solomon.
And Moses, one of the best-known men in the Bible, wrote one psalm, which contains our scripture for this week.
Along with leading thousands of contentious Israelites through the wilderness, writing and administering laws, providing food and water, and climbing Mount Sinai twice to secure copies of the Ten Commandments, Moses found time to write one of our most exquisite psalms.
Discussion: Many people would choose Psalm 23 as their favorite psalm. For the sake of variety, what is your second favorite psalm?
Activity: Memorize the blessing in verse 17. “and let the beauty of the Lord our god be upon us, and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands, establish thou it.”
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