Saturday, January 28, 2012

For Your Information - Psalm Headings

Here are the meanings of the 16 Psalm headings...just in case you were wondering:


1.   To the chief musician - the choir director (55 in all).
2.   Aiyelet Hash-shahar - the doe of the morning (Psalm 22)
3.   Alamot - young woman's choir (Psalm 46)
4.   Al tashhet - do not destroy (Psalm 57-59; 75)
5.   Gittit - winepresses (the autumn feast of Tabernacles)(Psalms 8, 81, 84)
6.   Jeduthun - a choir leader's name: consistent praiser (Psalm 39, 62, 77)
7.   Yonat elem rehokim - a dove on distant oaks (Psalm 56)
8.   Mahalat - dances (Psalms 53, 88)
9.   Mut-labben - death of the champion (Psalm 9)
10. Neginot - stringed instruments (Psalm 4; 6, 54-55; 61, 67, 76)
11. Nehilot - inheritances (Psalm 5)
12. Sheminit - the eighth, referring to a male choir (Psalm 6, 12)
13. Soshannim - lilies (referring to Passover, Spring Festival; Psalms 45; 69)
14. Shoshannim Eduth - lilies of testimony (Feast of Weeks or Pentecost; Psalm 60; 80)
15. Shiggaion - maybe refers to loud crying or praise (Psalm 8)
16. Selah - lift up, perhaps indicating a lifting up of the voice or the instruments or even the hands. Selah also refers to a time of waiting (occurs 71 times).