"A Psalm of David..."
Text: Psalm 3
Some of the psalms do not have superscriptions; for example, Psalms 1 and 2. However there are some other psalms that have them! An example of a superscription may be found in the following text, attached to Psalm 3.
“A Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom his son.”
SIGNIFICANCE OF THESE SUPERSCRIPTIONS
The superscriptions are not without significance. However, they do not merit the term “inspired”. In other words, they are not to be placed on the same level as the Scriptures.
1. The superscriptions are ancient in origin
2. They were used by the compilers of the psalms to tell us a number of things. Four may be highlighted:-
b) The historical context of the writing of the psalm.
c) Musical directions (The psalms were essentially written to be sung).
d) Suggestions as to how the particular psalm ought to be read.
READING THE PSALMS THAT CONTAIN SUPERSCRIPTIONS
Our understanding of these psalms may be further enhanced!
1. We empathise with the author a little more easily.
2. We will be able to have a greater understanding of the content of the psalms.
READING THE PSALMS THAT DO NOT CONTAIN SUPERSCRIPTIONS
We are no less able to comprehend these Psalms! Our understanding is not limited by the presence of the superscriptions. Ultimate understanding of the Scriptures, depend on other factors as well.