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He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved. More specifically, why does he use the word "greatly"? He could have just written that he would not be moved, period! But instead, he chose to write that he would not be greatly moved.
In this lesson, we want to examine why the author might have used the word "greatly", and we also want to try to understand exactly what he was trying to say with that single, simple phrase. When a theologian attempts to understand an author's exact meaning in a particular part of Scripture, he or she is usually applying the principles and processes of Hermeneutics.
At least, he should be. Fortunately, the processes of Hermeneutics are not as complicated as its name might imply. To understand the above phrase, "I shall not be greatly moved" and to specifically understand the author's use of the word "greatly", we will consider such things as the poetry of the psalms, the types of psalms that were written, the type of psalm that Psalm 62 is, the author of Psalm 62, some of the reasons why this psalm might have been written, the author's use of a book ending in the psalm, his use of a word picture in our short phrase, and a variation in how this phrase has been translated in another popular translation of the Bible.
Once we have examined each of these aspects of our target phrase, we will consider how someone might be able to apply the truth of Psalm 62 to their own life. The Poetry of the Psalms First, we need to say something about the type of Scripture that we have in Psalm The Bible contains two basic types of writing.
They are narrative and poetry. Narrative is also called prose, and its principle characteristic is that it has no principle characteristics. Poetry is language written in lines where line length is important while narrative is not concerned with line length.
Poetry is concerned with efficiency and about saying quickly that which it is trying to communicate. But narrative is not necessarily driven by the same requirement to be efficient. Finally, poetry contains imagery and is experiencial, while narrative does not have to be concerned with either of these.
The Book of Psalms is a book of poetry. It is written in the language of experience, and it may or may not teach doctrine. The Type of Psalm Like the other psalms, Psalm 62 is a poem, but it is more than just a poem because the psalms were written in several different forms.
Two of the major forms were, first, "psalms of lament" where the author was expressing an outward sorrow and, second, "psalms of praise" where the author was offering praise and adulation to his Lord. Other types of psalms were royal psalms, Divine Kingship psalms, wisdom psalms, and penitential psalms.
But these are not important to our study, so they will not be considered any further. What type of psalm is Psalm 62? When you read it, do you sense that the author is lamenting over some great sadness that he might be feeling, or do you think that he is expressing some kind of praise to his God?
In verses 3 and 4, the psalmist seems to be talking about a conflict that either he or the nation of Israel is experiencing.
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Because the verses do not clearly describe the conflict, though, we cannot definitely know. But either way, the author is talking about people who could probably be considered the enemy. However, while writing about his enemy, the psalmist is not seen lamenting to the Lord over the situation.
Instead of complaining, he seems to be rejoicing in the victory that is his through his God. Therefore, this psalm seems to be more of a psalm of praise and confidence than a psalm of lament. The Probable Author of Psalm 62 Next, we can understand something about this psalm if we know who wrote it.
We might even be able to understand more about why it was written. The superscription at the beginning of the psalm says, "To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A psalm of David.
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