Poetic Analysis of Psalm 19

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Pslam 19 is a hymn with a focus on God’s creation and His revelation to the world through scripture. Through this psalm we are able to see how God has chosen to reveal Himself to the world. He chose to reveal Himself through creation and through His Scriptures. This Psalm also defines characteristics of God through how He describes His Word and Creation. The psalm scientifically provides insight as it describes the heavens and the action of the sun. As insightful as the psalm is, it’s important to recognize the poetry that lies on the pages. “Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber; It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.” (Psalm 19:5 NASB) The simile used in the verse paints a great picture for the sun and how it appears. The objects of the simile are ones that can easily be pictured and identified with. Almost every guy can remember when he came out to meet his bride to be at his wedding, or at least they have thought about it. It’s a moment when you come out with an excitement and joy. You come out with a purpose. That’s how I picture the sun coming out, it’s glowing with excitement and joy and it has a purpose. The sun brings light, warmth and energy to the world. The sun is literally the light of the world. That is something that can be referenced to Jesus since He is the Bridegroom to the church and He is the light of the world. The sun as a strong man coming to run his course is a very visible illustration as well. The sun has a strict course that it must keep in order for things to be, as they should. The strong man must also keep his course in order to not be disqualified and achieve his goal. “Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their utterances to the end of the world. In them He has placed a tent for the sun.” (19:4 NASB) This metaphor of the line going out is describing the “voice is not heard” from the previous verse. Day and night have been given a personifying trait and is followed up by...
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