Volume 16, 2016
Goran D. Mladenović
The Synthesis of Royal and Messianic Verses in Psalm 143
A Psalm of David [MT: Psalm 144]
A Psalter consists of a number of royal and messianic psalms which should not be separated from each other. Their poetic structure is very similar, but their content is different. Except for the structure which is characteristic of the songs with the royal theme, Psalm 143 mentions the golden age of peace and plenty and simultaneously directs readers’ attention towards the coming of the new David-Messiah. The narrator takes on the role of the prayer representing his people, praying for the victory on the eve of a decisive battle.