The Poets of the Old Testament

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CHAPTER VII
The Psalmists' Thoughts of God

THE centre of the Psalmists' universe is God, the shining point round which all their faith and hope revolve, the living Source of their light and strength and joy. He is omnipresent in the Psalms. And that not as the end of patient search and striving. He is the first principle of life and feeling. Only the 'fool' said in his heart there was no God. The wise man was sure of Him. For he knew Him by innumerable facts of personal experience. His whole being was wrapped in God's. And his deepest thoughts and expectations were of Him.

From the central place God occupies in the Psalmists' world it necessarily follows that He is one. The poet who revels in the infinite realm of Nature's beauty may people the Universe with 'gods many and lords many;' but earnest spirits living in the immediate presence of the Divine could have no god beside Him they reverenced. In the Psalter, indeed, we meet with traces of the older henotheism. Thus God is represented as 'standing in the assemblage of the Mighty, holding judgment among the gods'

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