When Delight Means Doxology

Rejoice in the LORD always, and again I say, Rejoice!

Reading to Walk

But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation
say continually, “Great is the Lord!”

David’s prayer in Psalm 40:16 can absolutely change your life. At first glance it may not stand out. Perhaps, like me, when you’ve read it before you glossed over the parallelism that makes this verse so special.

Now parallelism is a pretty simple rhetorical device. It is used in poetry of all kinds to connect two different phrases within a single line, always extending (in some way) the thought in the first phrase.1 Verse 16 below is one line with two phrases that are signified by A and B:

Psalm.40.16 Image 1

The particular type of parallelism is called “synonymous parallelism.” It basically is used by a poet to state the same idea in two different ways. It’s not something we should breeze by. Instead read it…

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