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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 11:04 pm    Post subject: Psalm 93  Reply with quote

The Lord is king, he is robed in majesty;
the Lord is robed, he is girded with strength.
He has established the world; it shall never be moved;
your throne is established from of old;
you are from everlasting.

The floods have lifted up O Lord,
the floods haved lifted up their voice;
the floods lift up their roaring.
More majestic than the waves of the sea
majestic on his is the Lord!

Your decrees are very sure;
holiness befits your house,
O Lord, forever more.


When all around seems uncertain, when worry and fear lurk in the dark... there is one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit and He is steadfast and immovable, unchanging and certain, all strength in Him forever. Amen.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From a poetical point of view, this is a fascinating psalm.

There is a great deal of repetition, robed to robed, established to established, and majestic to majestic as three doubles, then there is the triple in the second stanza - three use of "floods"
There is clear building of the image of the Lord as a King, but then the floods and metaphor of the power of the sea in stanza 2, which then builds into the image of the King greater than the sea.
This was written with clear reference to the story of Noah, reflecting as the power of God to change everything, how that rises, and leaves only the worship of God, removing all else.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is the first psalm of Lauds in the Sunday Office. Appropriate, I think.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul wrote:
It is the first psalm of Lauds in the Sunday Office. Appropriate, I think.


I didn't realise that Paul.

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There is a great deal of repetition, robed to robed, established to established, and majestic to majestic as three doubles, then there is the triple in the second stanza - three use of "floods"
There is clear building of the image of the Lord as a King, but then the floods and metaphor of the power of the sea in stanza 2, which then builds into the image of the King greater than the sea.


Yes absolutely - the use of language is so very evocative. The use of the sea in describing the power of God is interesting. The sea is vast, deep - and even today little is known about the life that exists at the deepest levels of the oceans, so there is mystery there. The sea is also tempestuous, and a good sailor knows that he must respect the power of the sea if he is to navigate through its storms and so on.

And yet the psalm ends with "Your decrees are very sure".
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that last line continues from the use of the metaphor of the sea.

That the Lord is firm, he is our dry land, our refuge from the uncertainty and dangerous secular world.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, I enjoyed reading this thread so much.  Thanks all.  

Lexi, on the theme of dry land and floods, I love how the psalmist uses flood waters to depict the masses of praying people.  Floods convey both the need for rescue and as you say a powerful force.  

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The floods have lifted up O Lord,
the floods haved lifted up their voice;
the floods lift up their roaring.


It's just brilliant.

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