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Creative Doorways into a Psalm and Sermon (Part 2)

It takes imagination, not just analysis, to recreate the impact of a Psalm.

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This is part two of a three-part series.
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How can we preach psalms in a way that recreates some of the meditative, emotional, imaginative, and collaborative effects the poets built into their hymns?

In this series of articles, I present nine ideas on how to preach psalms. The ideas gradually move toward innovative strategies not found in the text but which help us herald the text faithfully.

4. Create an "emotional outline"

This is David Larsen's phrase. He contrasts the emotional outline with the logical outline, arguing that "there need to be … peaks and valleys. There need to be moments of affective intensity and then a backing off and moments of relief for the congregation. Working at half throttle all the time won't do, nor will going at full bore throughout delivery, like lightning which flashes all over but strikes nowhere" (Larsen, Anatomy of Preaching, [Kregel, 1989] p. 70).

In the emotional shape of Psalm 77, the first 9 verses angle sharply down, but ...

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