Commenting on II Samuel is complicated because of its deeper narrative structure. The characters are not types like in Genesis or Exodus; they have a lot more depth and development. More interpretive moves are required at the literal level before the spiritual senses shake out. Those spiritual senses are in some ways more profound, but they require more explanation and time to see.
Hacking my way through these issues has helped me get a handle on one of St. Luke’s phrases that I never fully understood. Of course all the gospels are interested in Jesus fulfilling the Old Testament prophecies, and I can give some easy sense to what it means for Jesus to fulfill the Law. But St. Luke always chips in this extra mode of fulfillment—that Christ fulfills the Psalms.
Of course there’s a simple way to explain that—St. Luke is saying the Psalms are prophetic. But it’s a little strange, right? That’s like picking up a hymnal at mass and saying that it is prophetic. Prophetic how?
The Psalms sing the story of David—the good and the bad, the triumphs and defeats, and always the cry to God. They are the soundtrack to I and II Samuel, the lessons that David learns, the internal deliberations and frustrations that he experiences during all these scenes. Psalms are the blocking to his play. Continue reading Fulfilling the Psalms