Sermon “Crumbs”…

Psalm “titles” Before the first verse of many psalms we find something like “Of David,” “for the choir director,” or, as in today’s text, a longer inscription connecting the poem to an incident in the life of the writer.  While some scholars think these titles were added much later to the original poems, we don’t have any manuscripts in which they are absent.  As far as we can tell, they are part of the original inspired text and should be taken seriously.

Verse divisions  Breaks between verses, on the other hand, are not part of the inspired text, but were added a few centuries ago for convenience in finding things in the Bible.  Sometimes, as in today’s text, they are not very well-chosen.  “My loving God” in verse 10 really belongs with verse 9, as in the NIV.