Metaphors in Psalm 130
Last week I pointed out that since Psalm 130 is a song, we cannot treat it like a Pauline epistle. We need to explore the poetic elements of the psalm to let it do for us what the original author(s) intended for it to communicate. First, songs often make use of artistic metaphors to create an image. A metaphor is a representative symbol; it is a picture that is not literally true, but that communicates a truth in a deeper way than it would otherwise. The most obvious metaphor in this psalm is found in the first line: “Out of the depths.” This phrase paints a picture; it captures our imaginations and draws us into the world the poet is painting. “The depths” here signifies something like a deep pit or deep waters. The author is not literally in a pit or drowning in a deep body of water; rather, [more]
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