(The following comprises Part Fourteen of the Saturday series on Secondary Illuminations of Scripture.)
Last week we briefly considered Psalm 68:11-13. Psalm 68 is rich in allusions, and those verses hold particular encouragements for women. Now we’ll look at vv. 15-16 in a manner that builds on the encouragements of vv. 11-13. You may decide if I am over-reaching in my use of secondary illumination hermeneutics or if the Scriptures are hereby opened up appropriately. Luke’s blog on the “unconscious” intentions of Bible authors may be helpful in sorting this out (found here).
By way of background, Matthew Henry suggests that Moses’ blessing upon the placement of the ark in Numbers 10:35 is the source of the opening lines of this psalm of rest and victory and that this might indicate that David composed Psalm 68 upon moving the ark into its tent after military rest had come to the nation. This could be significant as we consider v. 16.