“My heart is in anguish within me.
The terrors of death have fallen upon me.
Fear and trembling come upon me.
Horror overwhelms me.
‘O that I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away.
I would be at rest.
I would flee far away.
I would lodge in the wilderness.”
David was in anguish. He feared death. Fear and trembling came over him as horror overwhelmed him. This concept of fear and trembling became a major concept and the name of a writing of the 19th century theologian or philosopher Soren Kierkegaard. David finally said that he wished that he was a dove that could fly away. He wanted to rest somewhere far away where no one knew him. He would love to live in the wilderness. This idea of flight from a problem is still common today. We like to get away from our problems. This section ended with the musical interlude meditative pause, Selah.