So I guess I would focus on vs.8-9 for this psalm. We have heard it before. This is absolutely a psalm of praise and thanksgiving, with no complaining or no request for the enemies to be destroyed and massacred like so many other psalms before it. I like that about this psalm.
Look at vs. 16 and think about the phrase: “You open your hand.” I’ll never forget when I was doing my psychological evaluation in order to become a pastor they had you draw your family. I am not an artist. So I used stick figures and it looked something like this:
I told you I’m not a good artist. But they gave me way more time than I needed, so I added hands to the figures, and on those hands were 5 fingers on each hand attached to the arm. By the time I was finished each figure was decked out with hands that had very visible long fingers. When the psychologist came into the room and saw what I drew I could tell that she was not pleased. When it came time for the evaluation I was told that because I drew “open hands”, that it meant that I had some repressed anger within me. Hmmm, maybe, but probably not because of the “open hands”.
Here in this psalm we find the image of the “open hands” as being a positive one. It was the source of that which satisfied desires of every living thing. I’ll take an open hand any day. But about that repressed anger…