The Bible is a great book, the “Good Book.” Every time we go back to it, we find new meanings. There is always the sensus plenior, the fuller meaning. The bible texts have more than one meaning. Reading and rereading our favorite passages exposes us to even a greater understanding of life and the world around us. Some stories of the Bible are so interesting, we like to read them more than once.
There are many ways to study the Bible, since it is a great book of literature, one of the most studied books of all time. There are Bible study groups all over the world, and throughout the USA. There are many courses on the study of the Bible, from grade school to post graduate classes. Thus, there are a number of technical ways to study the biblical texts. The goal of all critical studies is to discover the meaning and significance of these sacred canonical texts.
With trumpet sound!
With clanging cymbals;
With loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that breathes
This psalm and the whole book of psalms end with the double phrase “praise Yahweh,” another way of saying alleluia, the Hebrew “Hallelujah.” This doxological praise of God explains how this is done here on earth. The various instruments were to be used in praising Yahweh, the trumpet, the lute, the harp, and the tambourine. There was to be dancing with stringed instruments, playing pipes, and clanging cymbals. Everything that breathes should praise Yahweh. This is a fitting end to a great book of praise to God.