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The Analysis-Psalm 96 A Psalm of Praise When analyzing a psalm of praise it is important to keep in mind that Psalms are poetry and therefore do follow some of the rules of poetry There are usually identifiable elements and structures in a Psalm similar to that those that might be found in a literary poem much like many of us learned and studied in secondary education classes early in our lives I will be analyzing Psalm 96 when reading this assignment in particular the Ryken readings I had some thoughts I would like to share Praise is a powerful word but in the past I always thought of praise to god but with the insight this class provided I learned that any man can praise any god of being he should so choose And the all of the elements of praise will still be present Now looking at Psalm 96 in particular there are a few main points I will try to explain from my reading of the Ryken text and Psalm 96 Elements of Praise Elevation and Exaltation-In Psalm 96 the writer definitely raises God to a new level among everybody else it is very evident in Psalm 964 For Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise he is to be feared above all gods We can see by the quotation that God is definitely elevated and exalted among all others Direction of Focus-Keeping in accordance with Rykens text the author of Psalm 96 gets the reader to focus all of his attention on God and the grace of God and the workings of God When looking at Psalm 967-10 it gets the reader to really see the power and grace of God and that he really is all powerful everlasting and omnipotent Declarative Vs Descriptive Praise According to the Ryken text these are the two main types of praise When reading Psalm 96 for the first time one might
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