Psalms Literary Analysis

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When reading the Psalms the reader should actively read as in participating in a sport. My professor of English Dr. John Burkett instilled this into the class as we studied the Psalms. This sets the stage when actively reading, the reader is engulfed by the text and is then alongside with the psalmist: in feeling, emotion and even to the landscape where the psalmist is. Thus, actively reading motivates the reader to clearly understand the “meaning” of the text that is read. The word is described in the Dictionary of hermeneutics by Dr. James D. Hernando reads: “Meaning is a word used differently by scholars in their various approaches to interpretation”. David writes the Psalms for the reader to understand the fuller meaning as in the “Sensus plenior”. However David uses figurative language he is writing with the readers in mind. “Figurative language refers to all uses of words that are metaphorical or symbolic in nature, conveying a meaning different from their common, literal sense.” An example of David’s figurative language is “You have kept count of my tossing’s; put my tears in Your bottle; are they not in Your book (Ps. 56:8 ESV)?” The bottle is a figurative meaning of God remembering all his tears. God does not need a bottle for remembrance this is a way for David to convey to his reader’s Gods eternal loving memory will remember their every teardrop. When diving into this nugget of truth, God’s love for us is unfathomable. The depth of love from David’s point
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