Triplets in the Psalms. A threefold cord is not quickly broken, Cords of mercy

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Triplets in the Psalms. A threefold cord is not quickly broken, Cords of mercy

Songs of an instrument of the enemy
Songs reminding of a place that means wine press (Gath)
The three wine press Psalms
Psalm 8 is part of the beginning of Psalms
Psalm 8 come back as Ps 81 Ps 84
poetic epicenter of Psalms
the center of the center book
The songs of the wine press, three. A triplet

The word three is not in the Psalms at all.
A triplicity makes a point more strongly
A trio sings triumvirately
Usually consecutive, different notes, one harmony

In Book 1 the book about the blessed man
triangulating truth,
pointing to the blessed man

The first ternion speaks to who this blessed man might be
PS 14 15 16
None righteous no not one
Then who
You will not let his body see decay
""Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll " (Rev 5)

The second triad speaks to the blessed man being loved, forsaken and triumphing through it
PS 21 22 23
The most blessed of all time
Yet forsaken even to death
though he walks through the valley of the shadow of death he will not fear
and why? Because Thou art with me.
" But God raised him up, putting an end to the suffering of death, since it was impossible for him to be held by it, since David says about him,
‘I always keep my eyes on the Lord,
for he is at my right hand
so that I cannot be shaken.
That is why my heart is glad
and my tongue rejoices,
yes, even my body still rests securely in hope.
Acts 2:24

Sometimes one song comes back as two, sometimes two come back as one, making a three

Psalms 49, 50 51 speak to guilt and judgment
PS 49 on the destiny of the wicked and the upright
PS 50 on an acceptable sacrifice
PS 51 on an appeal for mercy based on the character of God

Reaching across three books another triplet.
Moses wrote two songs in the law
Ex 15:1-15 on God's triumph
Deut 32, 33 exhortation to keep the Law
and his third Song comes back to start Psalms book 4,
the book of Psalms most related to the book of Numbers
Ps 90 - meditation, reflection, and prayer
Teach us to number our days

And now the score of Psalms turns heavily to triples
five triples, five cords mostly in book five

Asaph went through the highs and lows of generations of Saul, David, Solomon and others and wrote a history of highs and lows PS 78 encouraging the generations to 'Hope in God' in book 3
Two more history Psalms join in, ending book 4 singing history as triptych
PS 105 Praise-full, What God did to Israel
Ps 106 Penitential, What Israel did to God

And sometimes different cord share many of the same notes
Some of the last cord join a third Psalm, start the same
Oh Give thanks to the Lord

A trilogy of thanks
PS 105 106 107
Oh Give thanks to the Lord starts each of this trio
Faithful God
Penitent People
Redeemed People

A trio of David steps in between the choruses of thanks and praise
Ps 108 109 110
Ps 108 I will find strength in God, for he will trample on our foes.
Ps 109 my redeemer is at the right hand of the poor
Ps 110 my redeemer is at the right hand of God
He says " I will fling my shoe on Edom and shout over Philistia.”

Antiphonal praise
praise answers praise
song in middle

One trey of praise songs start
Praise the Lord, punctuates the start of each
PS 111 112 113

He made the sea to be dry
He made the dessert to hanve srpings

PS 114 stands in the middle - "Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord"

What ails you, O sea, that you flee?
O Jordan, that you turn back?
O mountains, that you skip like rams?
O hills, like lambs?
Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
at the presence of the God of Jacob,
who turns the rock into a pool of water,
the flint into a spring of water.

PS 115 116 117
A trey of praise Psalms end, singing back
Praise the Lord, punctuates the end of the last trio

One cord is ending
The last of the triple becomes a part of yet another three strand cord
Another cord starts, sharing a note, PS 117

A troika of dance
Psalm 1 has come back to the last book of the Psalms in grander formof Psalm 119
expansive and dancing

This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Ps 117 joins hands with Ps 119
Shortest with longest singing around another with a theme of the goodness of God in the covenant
Let the nations come, for God is good to us
Let us rejoice in this the day the Lord has made, in the cornerstone rejected by the builders
Let us walk in covenant, for it is a happy way

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!
“The right hand of the Lord does valiantly,
the right hand of the Lord exalts,
the right hand of the Lord does valiantly!”

I thank you that you have answered me
and have become my salvation.
The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
This is the Lord's doing;
it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!

the cornerstone of the house of Psalms
and the stone the builders rejected in Ps 118

A long run of 15 Psalms of ascent

Two psalms mark the end of the long series of the long run of triples in a fitting way
The second beginning and ending with Praise, Psalm 135
The first starting and stopping with Oh Give thanks to the Lord, Psalm 136
"He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth" is bringing the Psalms to a close

A final sprint of 7 songs of David
An exclamation of praise
And a Hallelujah for each book

Triples assist in the long journey though the Psalms,
Being guides, setting sign posts, helping with memory,
Contrasting ideas, strengthening ideas, marking trails of truth on the map

A triple triple. Nine triplets and more. Trios of truth.
Still more.

Three Maskil Psalms, maskil meaning "enlightened" or "wise".
PS 142, PS 32, PS 78
Hiding in a cave Alone surrounded by enemies stronger than me. A plea. Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel
You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth.
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Hope in God.

Three Psalms refer to Jeduthun
PS 39, PS 62, PS 77
Guarding my mouth
My soul waiting in silence waiting for God’s salvation
When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;
my hands were raised at night
and they did not grow weary.
I refused to be comforted.

Three to a tune to the Lilies
PS 45, PS 62, PS 80
A celebration. A wedding love song
A cry. Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck
Shepherd of Israel, listen! The one who leads Joseph like a flock,
the one enthroned on the cherubim, display your glory

Three join in a cry of the church for helps
Ps 80, PS 44, PS 60
God of hosts, restore to us the light of your favor.Then we’ll be delivered.
God, we heard it with our ears; our ancestors told us about what you did in their day— a long time ago.
You made your people go through hard times; you had us drink wine that makes us stagger.
But you have given a banner to those who fear you, so they may display it in honor of truth.

Thirteen triplets... and maybe more...
Triplets in the Psalms. A threefold cord is not quickly broken, Cords of mercy
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Some comments on the three upon the lily Psalms by Christopher Wordsworth.

"Upon Shoshannim," or upon lilies. It will be remembered that lilies were an emblem of purity and loveliness, and were introduced as such in the building of Solomon's temple (see 1 Kings 7:19 1 Kings 7:22 1 Kings 7:26 2 Chronicles 4:5 ); and the church is compared in the Canticles to a "lily among thorns." Song of Solomon 2:2 . The Psalms which bear this title, "upon lilies," are the present, the sixty-ninth, and the eightieth (compare Psalms 60:1-12 ); and all these contain prophecies of Christ and his church. The sixtieth is a parallel to the forty-fourth, and represents her supplicating appeal to God, and Christ's victories. The sixty-ninth displays the victories gained by Christ through suffering. The eightieth is also parallel to the forty-fourth and sixtieth, a plaintive lament of the church in distress and a supplicating cry for deliverance. All these three Psalms are (if we may venture to use this expression) like the voice of the "lily among thorns." That there is, therefore, some reference here to the spiritual meaning of the word (~ynfv), or lilies, in this title, seems at least to be probable. Christopher Wordsworth.

Jeri Tanner

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Very interesting. I don't know how to assess all you've put here but I really appreciate your effort and Christ-centeredness from the Psalms.
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