Yahweh blesses Israel (Ps 115:12-115:13)

“Yahweh has been mindful of us.

He will bless us.

He will bless the house of Israel.

He will bless the house of Aaron.

He will bless those who fear Yahweh,

Both small and great.”

Although there is no mention of Judah, there does seem to be a difference between “us” and the house of Israel as well as the house of Aaron, the priests. Just as in the preceding verse there is the all inclusive concept of those who fear Yahweh, whether they are small or great. Yahweh was mindful of all of them. He was going to grant his blessings to all included in these categories. This was the confident hope of the congregation that Yahweh would do this.

Hymn of praise to gracious Yahweh (Ps 111:4-111:10)

Het                                                                         

“Yahweh is gracious and merciful.

Tet      

He provides food for those who fear him.

Yod     

He is ever mindful of his covenant.

Kaph  

He has shown his people the power of his works.

Lamed

He gave them the heritage of the nations.

Mem   

The works of his hands are truth and justice.

Nun    

All his precepts are trustworthy.

Samek

They are established forever and ever.

Ain     

They are to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.

Phe     

He sent redemption to his people.

Cade   

He has commanded his covenant forever.

Qoph  

Holy and awesome is his name!

Resh   

The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom.

Shin   

All those who practice it have a good understanding.

Tav     

His praise endures forever!”

This short psalm ends by telling Yahweh that he is gracious and merciful. He provides food for those who fear him.  He is ever mindful of his covenant with Israel. He has shown them the power of his works as they are his heritage. His works are true and just. All his precepts are trustworthy as they last forever. They are to be followed with faithfulness and uprightness. He has saved or rescued his people. He has commanded them to follow his covenant forever because he is holy and awesome. This fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom, which is a key element of wisdom literature. Those who follow him will understand this. His praise will last forever.

Yahweh hears the cry of the afflicted (Ps 9:11-9:12)

“Sing praises to Yahweh!

He dwells in Zion!

Declare his deeds among the peoples!

He who avenges blood,

He is mindful of them.

He does not forget

The cry of the afflicted.”

David wanted to sing praises to Yahweh, who lives at Mount Zion, where he has placed the Temple in Jerusalem. Everyone was to declare the deeds that he had done among his people. Yahweh avenged blood. He never forgets the afflicted ones. He is always mindful of them.

The heavens reveal Yahweh (Ps 8:3-8:4)

“When I look at your heavens,

I see the work of your fingers.

I see the moon and the stars.

You have established them.

What are human beings?

Why are you mindful of them?

Why do you care for mortals?”

When David would look to the heavens, he would see the hand work of Yahweh, who had established the moon and the stars. This was the fine finger work of the hand of God. He wondered who are we, us human beings? Why does God care for us? Why is he even mindful of us?