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Psalm 10: A poem
Not rhyme but parallelism
And a broken acrostic with Psalm 9
A poetic description not a systematic theology text book
A Problem: why is God far off in times of trouble? (v1)
A Picture of a bad person getting away with it (vv2-11)
A Prayer that God would act (vv12-18)
Promises that God sees and will act, judging and saving (v14, vv16-17)
This presents both an opportunity and a challenge to the preacher:
It is helpful to read the Psalm in conjunction with the surrounding Psalms. They can amplify or balance what an individual Psalm has to say.
But the preacher has to work especially hard to see the distinctive contribution of this Psalm. If preaching through the Psalter (which may or may not be the best approach) he can't say, well, Psalm 9, I repeat the sermon I gave on Psalm 7 and then shut up. Or at least he shouldn't. And, of course, this is especially so if he thinks the situation or feeling of his people is not immediately similar to the particular psalms he has before him.Marc Lloyd
So for example, when Psalm 10:1 asks, "Why, O LORD, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?" we have a cry from the Psalmist's heart arising from his experience, although ultimately intended to be of benefit to believers in general.
We should not expect the rest of the Psalm to be a sustained, exhaustive, scientific account of all the possible reasons why God may be or seem aloof from any believer in any circumstances. The Psalms express a truth or truths but not necessarily the whole truth, and they express themselves in a poetic manner. As inspired Scripture, what the Psalm says is true but it might be true of some people in some circumstances from a certain point of view in a sense or manner of speaking and there might be many other things to say.
This is particularly obvious and important when it comes to reading the Psalms and the Proverbs, but actually, it is worth keeping in mind when reading the Epistles, which seem to be the Bible at its most doctrinal. God in his wisdom has given the catholic church occasional letters to specific churches which are meant to be significant for us all, though not necessarily quite in the same way that they applied to the 1st Century Corinthian church. Yes, go back to Corinth but come back with rightly understood and applied goodies.Marc Lloyd
A Poem what I wrote about English and Biblical Poems
Rhyme is a technique English poems often use.
It is a sign of our versing muse.
But Biblical Psalms often use parallelism.
They might repeat ideas.
They might say the same thing twice.
Or something similar - maybe adding something.
Or not - it might be a contrast.Marc Lloyd