A Kite that SoarsJuly 25, 2016 at 11:06 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Tags: 2 Samuel 22, Bible poetry, David, King David, King James Version, renaissance
Although David lived many centuries before the historical period known as the “Renaissance,” he was in many ways a quintessential “Renaissance man.” A valiant warrior, a wise king, a diplomat, statesman, and visionary, he was also a skilled musician, worship leader, and poet.
The Holy Spirit inspired the Biblical writers to faithfully record the historical narrative of much of David’s life in I and II Samuel, while at the same time inspiring David himself to pen beautiful poetry describing the person and work of the Lord God. Sometimes these literary genres intersected in wonderful ways, making the Holy Scriptures come alive for readers centuries later.
II Samuel 22 is a good example:
And David spake unto the Lord the words of this song in the day that the Lord had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul: And he said, The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence. I will call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid; The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me; In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears. Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth. There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also, and came down; and darkness was under his feet. And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind.
II Samuel 22:1-11
I find myself in an ever-shrinking minority in continuing to use, endorse, and recommend to others the King James Version of the Bible, but, in my opinion, it truly excels the other versions, especially in these poetic passages of Scripture. There are certain parts of the Bible which should make the reader’s heart soar like a kite in a high wind. To me, other versions may fit the definition of a kite, but they are like kites being dragged, bumping, along the ground. The King James Version, with it’s Shakespearean-era turns of phrases and memorable rhythms, is a kite that soars.