Superheroes in a Psalm?
I’m no heretic; please stay calm
If you know just where to look
You can find them in the Book
Books out! For superheroes in the Psalms.
Is this wrong? Listen, crew
I’m not saying the authors knew
Hermeneutics aren’t done this way
But we know that, so let’s play
Oh where — are the superheroes in the Psalms?
He rode on a cherub and flew;
he came swiftly on the wings of the wind.
He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him,
thick clouds dark with water.
Now Asahel was as swift of foot as a wild gazelle.
2 Samuel 2:18b1
“I’m the fastest man alive!”
There he broke the flashing arrows,
the shield, the sword, and the weapons of war.
You divided the sea by your might;
you broke the heads of the sea monsters on the waters.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
[“Have you read his mind yet?”] “Martians don’t do that to one another.”
Smoke went up from his nostrils,
and devouring fire from his mouth;
glowing coals flamed forth from him.
Then the earth reeled and rocked;
the foundations also of the mountains trembled
and quaked, because he was angry.
“That’s my secret, Captain. I’m always angry.”
For by you I can run against a troop,
and by my God I can leap over a wall.
[…] He made my feet like the feet of a deer
and set me secure on the heights.
He trains my hands for war,
so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
Psalm 18:29, 33-34
[…] He flashed forth lightnings and routed them.
[…] His neck was put in a collar of iron
“It’s Christmas. Take ‘em to church.”
And he sent out his arrows and scattered them
“They can’t bank worth a …”
You have a mighty arm;
strong is your hand, high your right hand.
Take hold of shield […]
“You’re at 114 Solenski Plaza, third floor. We have an F-22 exactly eight miles out. Put the woman on the phone or I will blow up the block before you can make the lobby.”
- Close enough. ↩