George Booker
Psalms Studies - Book 5

Psalm 108

This composite psalm takes its first five verses from Psalm 57:7-11, and its remaining eight verses from Psalm 60:5-12.

The first part of Psalm 57 deals with the early experiences of David described in 1 Samuel 24, but as for the last part (used in Psalm 108) there is more uncertainty (Psalms Studies, Psa. 57) — it may have been written at a later time, and appended to the first six verses of Psalm 57.

Psalm 60 definitely deals with the critical experiences of David’s reign described in 2 Samuel 8 (see notes there).

So, it seems probable that all of Psalm 108 deals with the same period as Psalm 60 — Judah’s wars by which David extended and consolidated his kingdom with victories over Edom, Moab, and Philistia (108:9).

For details on this psalm, then, see the title and background history on Psalm 60 (Vol. 1, pp. 336,337) and the commentary on the appropriate verses in both Psalms 57 and 60.
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