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ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.
7 Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon
7. The confidence as to the future which they who cast themselves on God may rightfully have.
8. “Salvation” means any de
the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.
8 Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. liverance, not only the great salvation from the penalty and dominion of sin. A most reviving truth in this verse that might well cheer us in the very darkest day.
hath set apart him thatis godly Psalm 4.
for himself: the LORD will A Psalm of David.
hear when I call unto him. I HEAR me when I call, 4 Stand in awe, and sin not: O God of my righteousness : commune with your own heart thou hast enlarged me when I upon your bed, and be still. was in distress; have mercy 5 Offer the sacrifices of upon me, and hear my prayer. righteousness, and put your
2 0 ye sons of men, how trust in the LORD. long will ye turn my glory into 6 There be many that say, shame? how long will ye love Who will shew us any good ? vanity, and seek after leasing? LORD, lift thou up the light of
3 But know that the LORD thy countenance upon us. WRITER : David.
ungodly of all ages who have taken OCCASION: Unknown.
up the line of mocking at religion, CHARACTER : Practical.
especially so on account of the PRINCIPAL USE: For time of
grievous infirmities of the religious. trouble.
3. This is the answer to those who “turned His glory into shame."
In spite of their mocking, and his I. God of my righteousness” own unworthiness, the Lord did my righteous God. Yet there is a care for him, and would hear his force in the mode of expression. prayer. The union and communion Righteous, not in the abstract, but were a reality. Godly”=those towards me, “ Thou hast enlarged who are honestly and in the main me." Enlarged set free, or it means freedom of mind in trouble. 5. Sacrifices of righteousness 2. Vanity, lying, and ridiculing = righteous sacrifices
:“faith unreligion. This and three following feigned.” “Put your trust”: scoffers verses are an appeal to those who
have no faith in God. were persecuting David. They are 6-8. Can any one in these days in fact a standing address to the say more than this ?
7 Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.
8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety
QUOTED IN NEW TESTAMENT. in thy sight: thou hatest all Ver. 9, in Rom. iii. 13. workers of iniquity.
6 Thou shalt destroy them Psalm 5.
that speak leasing: the LORD A Psalm of David.
will abhor the bloody and I GIVE ear to my words, O deceitful man. LORD,consider my meditation. 7 But as for me,
I will come 2 Hearken unto the voice into thy house in the multitude of my cry, my King, and my of thy mercy: and in thy fear God: for unto thee will I pray. will I worship toward thy holy
3 My voice shalt thou hear temple. in the morning, O LORD; in 8 Lead me, O LORD, in the morning will I direct my thy righteousness because of prayer unto thee, and will look mine enemies; make thy way up. .
straight before my face. 4 For thou art not a God 9 For there is no faithfulness that hath pleasure in wicked- in their mouth; their inward ness: neither shall evil dwell
part is very wickedness; their with thee.
throat is an open sepulchre ; 5 The foolish shall not stand they flatter with their tongue. WRITER: David.
7. No self-righteousness, OCCASION : Unknown.
excusing of sin. What a very sweet CHARACTER: Practical.
thought to come into God's house
“in the multitude of his mercy.” PRINCIPAL USE: For time of
See Ps. xxvi. 6. conflict.
8. “Thy way straight before my 1. The psalm is of a meditative
face." Mark that. It is plain that
the psalm is for those who are in nature.
warfare of some sort. “My King.” There is a great deal of meaning in this.
9. “For.” This made it so diffi
cult. The “enemies” kingdom of heaven."
were not 3. Begin the day by aiming high
Unfaithfulness and and looking up.
flattery. St. Paul quotes (Rom. iii.
13) part of this verse as descriptive 4. “ For." Either as the reason
of the general character of mankind. why he prayed, or his comfort in
David's enemies, therefore, were doing so.
but specimens of human nature in 6. “Bloody and deceitful.” Sins all ages-nay, of himself when left have dreadful companions.
10 Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee.
II But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice:
10. It is right to pray that God would destroy enemies as regards their devices against us, or enemies of the public weal. But see how David acted personally towards his greatest enemy. 1 Sam.
let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
12 For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.
11-12. Very beautiful. “Let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them." Think of this.
N.B.--The word "temple"(ver. 7) means tabernacle. It is also used of heaven. Literally, a roomy, spacious place. John xiv. 2.
A Psalm of David. 1 O LORD, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.
2 Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed.
3 My soul is also sore vexed : but thou, O LORD, how long?
sickness. The reason why it is connected with sickness is because death and the grave are mentioned in ver. 5. Otherwise the expressions in vers. 1-4 might be figurative. But in any case, • enemies” (vers. 7, 10) are connected with the trouble.
4 Return, O LORD, deliver my soul : oh save me for thy mercies' sake,
5 For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks ?
6 I am weary with my groaning ; all the night make I my bed to swim ; I water my couch with my tears.
7 Mine eye is consumed displeasure.” There is a chastening not in displeasure. 4. “My soul”
my life; i.e., make me well.
5. This sounds strange. Compare Isa. xxxviii, 18. The supposed earthliness of Old Testament saints is a poor explanation, and is by no means a certain fact. Their comparative darkness is better, but not satisfactory. Does anyone wish to die before his time now? or ought he so to wish ?
6. Could words be more expressive?
7. These enemies are workers
1. “In thine anger," "in thy hot
because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies.
8 Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping
9 The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer.
10 Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed : let them return and be ashamed suddenly
of iniquity,” and seem to have gloried over the psalmist's sickness. How, or why, we know not. But with ourselves, sickness is often the occasion when thoughts, anxieties, doubts, recollections, and, above
all, Satan, rise up as enemies to trouble us.
8, 9. The remedy, to remember God.
10. It was so with Sennacherib. Isa. xxxvii. 37
Psalm 7. Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto
the LORD, concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite.
IO LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me :
2 Lest he tear my soul like
unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy :)
5 Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it ; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust.
6 anger, lift up of the rage of mine enemies : and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded.
while there is none to deliver.
3 O LORD my God, if I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands;
4 If I have rewarded evil
WRITER: David. OCCASION : See title.
Cush, the Benjamite, was neither Saul nor Shimei, but some otherwise unknown individual of the same tribe as Saul, and who slandered David.
1, 2. The danger.
3, 4. Slander is hard to bear ; especially when we are accused of doing what we have scrupulously, and at great cost, refrained from.
5. “Lay mine honour in the dust." Very striking.
6. “The judgment that thou hast commanded."
God's interference was the only hope of deliverance ; but it does not follow that David knew what God would do.
CHARACTER : Practical. PRINCIPAL USE: For time of