Epiphany 1 - Year C
Very much an appeal to the vanity of any ruler. Ten verses extol the leader and the eleventh reveals the end to which the praise is oriented - give the brownnoser strength, blessing, peace on their terms (all euphemisms for rain). A psalm about water rights.
I suppose it would be a pleasant change of pace to have the Fox Network try this approach in their relations with President Obama. However, it is not the methodology of our time. Can you imagine Bill O'Reilly or Keith Olbermann or Glen Beck or Ed Schultz building up their opponent first (without a sarcastic sneer in their voice) to be able to best describe their need for a refreshing shower?
How do you go about appealing for relief? Praise or Protestation?