This stanza of Psalm 119 begins each verse with the Hebrew letter “qoph,” the 19th letter of the Aleph-Bet. The origin of the letter, which resembles the English letter “P,” is sometimes said to be a sewing needle. Others say it is the human neck and head. The focus of the stanza is on calling on the Lord in times of trouble, and of assurance that He is near always.
Psalm 93 is a song of praise to God as King and ruler of the universe, similar to the longer Psalm 29. It has the distinct air of having been written at a time when God’s people had been in peril from an outside enemy or enemies (the “floods” of verse 3), recognizing that God is “mightier than the waves of the sea” (verse 4). It gives God the glory for holding the universe in stability (verses 1-2), and for the absolute truth of His word (verse 5).
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