Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Psalm 5 and Commentary

A Prayer for Guidance

To the Chief Musician. With flutes. A Psalm of David.

1 Give ear to my words, O Lord,
Consider my meditation.

2 Give heed to the voice of my cry,
My King and my God,
For to You I will pray.

3 My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord;
In the morning I will direct it to You,
And I will look up.

4 For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness,
Nor shall evil dwell with You.

5 The boastful shall not stand in Your sight;
You hate all workers of iniquity.

6 You shall destroy those who speak falsehood;
The Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

7 But as for me,
I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy;
In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple.

8 Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness because of my enemies;
Make Your way straight before my face.

9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth;
Their inward part is destruction;
Their throat is an open tomb;
They flatter with their tongue.

10 Pronounce them guilty, O God!
Let them fall by their own counsels;
Cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions,
For they have rebelled against You.

11 But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;
Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;
Let those also who love Your name
Be joyful in You.

12 For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous;
With favor You will surround him as with a shield.

(1-6) God will certainly hear prayer: David gives to God the glory, and takes to himself the comfort.
(7-12) He prayed for himself, that God would guide him, and for all the Lord's people, that God would give them joy, and keep them safe.
Verses 1-6
God is a prayer-hearing God.

Such he has always been,
----- and he is still as ready to hear prayer as ever.

The most encouraging principle of prayer,
----- and the most powerful plea in prayer….is….
------ to look upon him as our King and our God.

David also prays to a sin-hating God.
---- Sin is folly,
------ and sinners are the greatest of all fools;
-------- fools of their own making.

Wicked people hate God;
----- justly are they hated of him,
------- and this will be their endless misery and ruin.

Let us learn the importance of truth and sincerity,
----- in all the affairs of life.

Liars and murderers resemble the devil,
----- and are his children,
------- therefore it may well be expected that God should abhor them.

These were the characters of David's enemies;
------ and such as these are still the enemies of Christ and his people.

Verses 7-12

David prayed often alone,
----- yet was very constant in attendance on public worship.

The mercy of God should ever be the foundation
----- both of our hope and of our joy,
------- in every thing wherein we have to do with him.

Let us learn to pray, not for ourselves only, but for others;
----- grace be with all that love Christ in sincerity.
The Divine blessing comes down upon us through Jesus Christ,
---- the righteous or just One,
------ as of old it did upon Israel through David,
------- whom God protected,
--------- and placed upon the throne.

Thou, O Christ,
---- art the righteous Saviour,
------ thou art the King of Israel,
-------- thou art the Fountain of blessing to all believers;
----------- thy favour is the defense and protection of thy church.

{commentary from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible}

~ Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow ~

Monday, November 9, 2015

Psalm 4 and Commentary

The Safety of the Faithful

To the Chief Musician. With stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.

1 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have relieved me in my distress;
Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.

2 How long, O you sons of men,
Will you turn my glory to shame?
How long will you love worthlessness
And seek falsehood? Selah

3 But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly;
The Lord will hear when I call to Him.

4 Be angry, and do not sin.
Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Selah

5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,
And put your trust in the Lord.

6 There are many who say,
“Who will show us any good?”
Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.

7 You have put gladness in my heart,
More than in the season that their grain and wine increased.

8 I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

The children of men proved, and the happiness of godly people. (1-5)
God's favour is happiness. (6-8)

Verses 1-5

Hear me for thy mercy's sake, is our best plea.

He who will not ask such blessings as pardon,
----- and justifying righteousness, and eternal life,
------- must perish for the want of them.

Alas! that so many should make so fearful a choice.

The psalmist warns against sin.
------ Keep up holy reverence of the glory and majesty of God.

You have a great deal to say to your hearts,
------ they may be spoken with, let it not be unsaid.

Examine them by serious self-reflection;
----- let your thoughts fasten upon that which is good,
------- and keep close to it.

Consider your ways,
----  before you turn to sleep at night,
------ examine your consciences with respect to what you have done in the day;
-------- particularly what you have done amiss,
---------- that you may repent of it.

When you awake in the night,
----- meditate upon God,
------- and the things that belong to your peace.

Upon a sick-bed, particularly,
------ we should consider our ways.
--------- Be still.

When you have asked conscience a question,
---- be serious,
-------- be silent,
------------ wait for an answer.

Open not the mouth to excuse sin.
------ All confidence must be an answer...
--------- therefore, after commanding the sacrifices of righteousness,
------------ the psalmist says, “Put your trust in the Lord.”

Verses 6-8

Worldly people inquire for good, not for the chief good;
----- all they want is outward good,
-------- present good, partial good,  
----------- good meat, good drink, a good trade, and a good estate;
-------------- but what are all these worth?

Any good will serve the turn of most men,
------- but a gracious soul will not be put off so.

Lord, let us have thy favour,
----- and let us know that we have it, we desire no more;
------- let us be satisfied of thy loving-kindness, and we will be satisfied with it.

Many inquire after happiness,
----- but David had found it.

When God puts grace in the heart,
----- he puts gladness in the heart.

Thus comforted, he pitied,
----- but neither envied nor feared the most prosperous sinner.

He commits all his affairs to God,
------ and is prepared to welcome His holy will.

But salvation is in Christ alone;
------ where will those appear who despise him as their Mediator,
---------- and revile him in his disciples?

May they stand in awe,
------- and no longer sin against the only remedy.

~ Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow ~

{commentary from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible}

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Psalm 3 and Commentary

The Lord Helps His Troubled People

A Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom his son.

1 Lord, how they have increased who trouble me!
Many are they who rise up against me.

2 Many are they who say of me,
There is no help for him in God.” Selah

3 But You, O Lord, are a shield for me,
My glory and the One who lifts up my head.

4 I cried to the Lord with my voice,
And He heard me from His holy hill. Selah

5 I lay down and slept;
I awoke, for the Lord sustained me.

6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people
Who have set themselves against me all around.

7 Arise, O Lord;
Save me, O my God!
For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone;
You have broken the teeth of the ungodly.

8 Salvation belongs to the Lord.
Your blessing is upon Your people. Selah

David complains to God of his enemies, and confides in God. (1-3)
He triumphs over his fears, and gives God the glory, and takes to himself the comfort. (4-8)

Verses 1-3

An active believer, 
----- the more he is beaten off from God,
------- either by the rebukes of providence,
--------- or the reproaches of enemies, 
----------- the faster hold he will take,
-------------- and the closer will he cleave to him.

A child of God startles at the very thought of despairing of help in God.

See what God is to His people,
----- what He will be,
--------- what they have found in Him,
------------- and what David found in Him.

1. Safety; 
----- a shield for me; 
--------- which denotes the advantage of that protection.

2. Honour; 
------ those whom God owns for his, 
--------- have true honour put upon them.

3. Joy and deliverance.
-- If,
---- in the worst of times,
------- God's people can lift up their heads with joy,
---------- knowing that all shall work for good to them,
------------- they will own God as giving them
------------------ both cause and hearts to rejoice.

Verses 4-8
Care and grief do us good,
---- when they engage us to pray to God, as in earnest.

David had always found God ready to answer his prayers.

Nothing can fix a gulf between the communications of God's grace towards us,
---- and the working of his grace in us;
------- between his favour and our faith.

He had always been very safe under the Divine protection.

This is applicable to the common mercies of every night,
---- for which we ought to give thanks every morning.

Many lie down, and cannot sleep,
---- through pain of body,
------ or anguish of mind,
-------- or the continual alarms of fear in the night.

But it seems here rather to be meant of the calmness of David's spirit,
---- in the midst of his dangers.

The Lord,
---- by his grace and the consolations of his Spirit,
------ made him easy.

It is a great mercy,
---- when we are in trouble,
------- to have our minds stayed upon God.

Behold the Son of David composing himself to his rest upon the cross,
---- that bed of sorrows;
------- commending his Spirit into the Father's hands
---------- in full confidence of a joyful resurrection.

Behold this, O Christian:
--- let faith teach thee how to sleep, and how to die;
----- while it assures thee that as sleep is a short death,
-------- so death is only a longer sleep;
----------- the same God watches over thee, in thy bed and in thy grave.

David's faith became triumphant.

He began the psalm with complaints of the strength and malice of his enemies;
---- but concludes with rejoicing in the power and grace of his God,
------- and now sees more with him than against him.

Salvation belongeth unto the Lord;
---- he has power to save, be the danger ever so great.

All that hath the Lord for their God, are sure of salvation;
---- for he who is their God, is the God of Salvation.

{commentary from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible}

~ Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow ~