This song of praise exemplifies God’s personal intervention in the lives of his people, rather it be personal or community oriented, ...
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... how big God is and how mighty he is to save. Ryken says “In all these cases , hyperbole is a literal “lie” used for the sake of emotional effect” (Words 177).
As Ryken points out in Words of Delight, “In Psalm 18:31-42...the conventional arming of he warrior and the warrior’s boast treat God as the one who arms the hero and is worthy of honor” (116).
The lone simile in Psalm 18 provides the entry way to a significant portion of the psalm. When David said, “He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights,” the image of David climbing to the heights of God is clearly seen (Ps 18.33). Know longer is David a clumsy human but an elegant deer who scales mountains. (reverse personification?) But even with this added height achieved by being made like a deer, the Lord still had to “stoop down to make me [David] great” (Ps. 18.35).
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