Praise Yahweh (Ps 69:30-69:33)

“I will praise the name of God with a song!

I will magnify him with thanksgiving!

This will please Yahweh

More than an ox.

This will please Yahweh

More than a bull with horns and hoofs.

Let the oppressed see it!

Let them be glad!

You who seek God,

Let your hearts revive!

Yahweh hears the needy.

Yahweh does not despise his own that are in bonds.”

David was going to praise the name of God with a song. He felt that his song would magnify this thanksgiving praise. This will please Yahweh more than the sacrifices of oxen and bulls. This might be a post-exilic composition. Those who were oppressed should see the glory of God. They should be happy so that their hearts would be revived. Yahweh hears the cries of the needy and does not despise them.

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The sacrifices at the feast of dedication of the Temple (2 Chr 7:4-7:6)

“Then the king, and all the people with him, offered sacrifices before Yahweh. King Solomon offered as a sacrifice twenty-two thousand oxen and one hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the people dedicated the house of God. The priests stood at their posts. The Levites also, with the instruments for music to Yahweh that King David had made for giving thanks to Yahweh sang. ‘For his steadfast love endures forever.’ They did this whenever David offered praises by their ministry. Opposite them the priests sounded trumpets. All Israel stood.”

Once again we are back at 1 Kings, chapter 8, with all these sacrifices. King Solomon offered enormous amounts of sacrifices before Yahweh, as they killed 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep. Obviously this food was shared among the people. This celebration is also reminiscent of 1 Chronicles, chapter 25 with all the Levite musical instruments, including the trumpets. Once again there is the refrain from Psalm 136 about the everlasting love of God. All the Israelites stood for this dedication.