Soul Sermons from Psalms (pt. 2)

How a sermon from Psalms can touch the heart like the Psalm itself

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This is part two in a four-part series.
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Part three
Part four

When performing a rhetorical analysis on the Psalms, it would be wonderful if we could find a single key that would unlock the secret behind the beauty and power of poetry in general and the Psalter in particular. Poetic discourse often soars far above plain discourse in terms of the relative effects produced within listeners. Why does "Four score and seven years ago, our forefathers brought forth" touch us in a way that "Eighty-seven years ago our ancestors instituted" does not? If we could grasp the reason why the former soars while the latter merely plods along in the same general direction, then we could develop a simple formula that would vitalize our preaching on any given psalm.

I haven't found a master key. What I've found instead is an entire key ring with different shaped keys that unlock different types of locks. There are different types of psalms just as there are different types of locks. What makes ...

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