We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This song is one of my favorites for the erev Shabbat service. We sing it on Friday night at home.
Your comment and question? about the first verse, the b'nei Elim, children of the Mighty (plural)? Could Elim be a reference to Hashem, like Elohim? Could the children be referring to b'nei Yisrael? After all, the end of the song tells us that Adonai will bless His nation with strength?
In this manner the first and last verses could be understood as an inclusio.
Rod who is enjoying Florida sunshine instead of Kentucky coldness.
"El" simply means "powerful". It is used in some instances to refer to pagan Canaanite godheads or pilgrimage sites, and in other instances to refer to the G-d of Israel. Several Bible characters use the idiomatic phrase "if I had the power" or "if G-d helps me" which comes out literally as "If "El" were with my hand/arm".
This name of G-d is also part of many proper names - Isra-el, Beth-el, etc.
Elim/Ellilim = plural forms, "Elim" is what appears in this psalm.
Ellilim always means "idols" - referencing the pantheon of natural forces that the Canaanites and others worshipped.
"Elim" often has the same meaning - but it can also mean "mighty/powerful" people. These two words do not usually refer to the Jewish G-d.
Eloha and Elohim - refer to the Jewish G-d almost exclusively, and are best translated as "Almighty". Here the plural form (Elohim) implies the monotheistic notion of G-d as supreme and subduing ALL the forces of nature.
This name of G-d references the attribute of justice, and the word is also used to refer to human judges - as in Exodus 22:
"And the householder shall come before "Elohim" (to swear before the court that) he did not send his hand to take his neighbor's property."
In the proto-history given before the Flood, the "sons of Elohim" take the daughters of the "sons of man" as wives (chapter 6 of Genesis) - this is usually interpreted as mighty/powerful people, not demigods.
The things about religion with which I disagree are the continuous exhaltations of mythological god(s)---and reliance on this kind of ancient, ritual invocations instead of understanding the human condition in the world.