It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. "In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord": Psalms 77:2. In one breath Job frequently pours forth pathetic protestations of his innocence, and a dread lest God should take him at his word, and arraign him for trial. The great lengths God may sometimes permit the enemy to go, Psalms 143:3. The Psalmist's" God is our refuge and strength" is only the earlier form, less defined, less practicable, but not less noble, of Christ's "Come unto me, and I will give you rest." Because in his favour is life, wealth, and grace, all good things, and pleasure for evermore, so that if he look kindly to us we need be afraid of nothing. Bible > Bible Commentary; Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David; Psalm; Psalm 103 ; Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David << Psalm 102 | Psalm 103 | Psalm 104 >> (Read all of Psalm 103) Exposition - Explanatory Notes and Quaint Sayings Hints to the Village Preacher - Works Upon This Psalm TITLE. His hands are outstretched to heaven, but at his girdle hangs a sharp sword, which rattles in its scabbard as he closes his psalm. Note that the comments on Psalm 42:5 are generally applicable to the similar refrain which is repeated in Psalm 42:11 and Psalm 43:5. Is it not the enemy of all mankind, who hath singled me out, as it were to a duel? Quicken me, O LORD, for thy name's. It was heard, and therefore it was not asking amiss. 12. These verses really sum up the apparent paradox of the Book of Job (see Job 4:17 9:2,32 14:3 Job 15:14 22:4, etc.). `O Lord, who shall stand? He that prays most fervently is like to be hid most securely. A side gorge that sweeps up to the glaciers and snowy pyramids flashing upon you in the opposite direction is the route which you suppose your guide is going to take; and visions of pedestrians perilously scaling icy precipices, or struggling up to the middle through ridges of snow, begin to surround you, as the prospect of your own experience in this day's expedition. For what persecution so grievous as to be persecuted in my soul? Good men began to forget him, as though he had been long dead; and bad men made ridicule of his rueful visage as though it belonged not to a living man, but was dark with the shadow of the sepulchre. Psalm 143:10 Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. Psalms 143:8. 1. Ver. —Sir Richard Baker. ...give ear to my supplications... answer me. Ver. Though clear before men, he could not claim innocence before God. When their lives are examined they are frequently found to be more faulty than the humble penitents before whom they vaunt their superiority. It speaks every morning, but many ears are deaf to it. —George Barrell Cheerer, 1807-. By whom it may be done. We have encountered rebellious words and struggling faith. How shall I now live to thee? It is a balsam for every wound, a cordial for every fear. I stretch forth my hands unto thee, as if I were in hope thou wouldst take me by the hand and draw me to thee. Yet while somewhat inclined thus to lay his case before the Court of King's Bench, he prefers rather to turn it all into a petition, and present it before the Court of Requests, hence he cries rather "hear my prayer" than "hear my suit." This voice is the music of heaven, the joyful sound of the gospel, and it makes a jubilee in the Christian's heart. Hear my prayer, O LORD, etc. 3. And long before it was possible for religion to give scientific expression to its greatest truths, men of insight uttered themselves in psalms which could not have been truer to Nature had the most modern light controlled the inspiration. "Enter not into judgment.". Ver. Psalms 143:1. The present is but a taste, but a drop of the future fulness of joy. Hardly when he is on the mount of praise, and singing his songs of Zion in the most triumphant strain, does he appear more admirable than when struggling through this painful conflict. Selah. darkness, as those that have been long dead. We are often brought to a stand, hedged up and hemmed in by the providence of God so that there seems no way out. But he is more—he is God's servant by purchase. So if we be cast down to hell in our feelings, what the worse are we if by that we be raised up to heaven? But here, not sweat of face only, that were but small; but sighs and fainting of the heart lie upon the sons of God, in seeking and hungering after a taste of God's bread of life, inward comfort, assurance, and joy of the Holy Ghost. David walked by this principle when he said (Psalms 66:18), "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me"; that consideration still came in as a curb unto sin. This is wise. Christian Sermons and Audio Books 4,762 views. Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies. From beginning to end, it emphasizes praising Yahweh. Some were servants in one of the ways, and some in another. We prefer to follow the natural cleavage, and therefore have made no other dissection of it. He felt perplexed and overturned, lonely and afflicted. I stretch forth my hands. says: —"The lands of the East, which the great dryness there causes to crack, are the ground of this figure, which is certainly extremely beautiful; for these dry lands have chinks too deep for a person to see the bottom of: this may be observed in the Indies more than anywhere, a little before the rains fall, and wherever the lands are rich and hard." And enter not into judgment with thy servant: “Thy servant I am. If he heard Samson in the bitterness of his heart, when he said, "I die from thirst", and opened a spring out of the jawbone of an ass (Jude 15:19), will he forsake us in time of our distress, if we thirst aright? Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness. Depend upon it, that adversity is one of the covenant promises. Therefore when thou art in treaty with God for any mercy, observe, doth God still after praying keep thee in a more obedient frame of spirit? For thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble. These are but the fringes of th… For the enemy, etc. Heaven is a shop full of all good things—there are stored up blessings and mercies; this the children of God know who fly to this shop in their troubles, begging for help from this holy sanctuary. Exposition. Thirst after these things doth keep away that thirst after grace without which we shall never escape Dives' thirst in hell, Lu 16:24. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. Every servant of God is a son, every subject a prince: it is more honour to serve God than to have kings to serve us: the angels in heaven are servants to the saints. —Archibald Symson. The prayer of David becomes, as he proceeds, both more spiritual and more fervent. 3. Ver. Treasury of David: Commentary on Psalm 3 - C.H. He is our hiding place; Jesus has made himself the refuge of his people: the sooner, and the more entirely we flee to him the better for us. It was our human flesh, not his Divine spirit, which was so weary of suffering; his spirit was willing, it was our flesh that was so weak. If we have God's countenance we live, but if he turns his back upon us we die. Even the sterner attributes of God are upon the side of the man who humbly trusts, and turns his trust into prayer. It seems as if he takes me for another Job; he sees he can do no good upon me with fawning and clawing, and therefore falls now to quarrelling and striking, and he strikes no light blows; for "he hath stricken my life down to the ground"; and lower would have struck it, if thou, God, hadst nut broken his blow. He was qualified to bless the house of the living, but he was driven to consort with the dead! We are inclined and enabled to good by the sanctifying Spirit. In the beginning of the psalm he was content to say, "Hear my prayer"; but now he cries, "Hear me speedily." F. Ver. This is good argument in prayer: surely the God to whom we endeavour to lift up our soul will condescend to show us what he would have us to do. —A. In such desire or grief there is nothing sinful, provided it do not lead to murmuring or distrust of God. Psalms 143:3-4 For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead. So will the weary bands be raised yet again, through faith in him who stretched forth his hands upon the cross. How poor a judgment can be formed of a man's state from the considerations of comfort only. Very heavy, but I lift it up. I stretch forth my hands unto thee, etc. Men who have no soul can only wonder at this. It is worthy of observation that the Psalmist pleads God's righteousness as the Foundation on which he bases his supplication for the deliverance of his soul from trouble, and God's lovingkindness or mercy as that on which he grounds his prayer, or his conviction, that God will destroy his enemies. Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy Spirit is good. Ver. How profoundly Hebrew poetry is saturated with this high thought will appear when we try to conceive of it with this left out. Such words our Lord Jesus might have used: in this the Head is like the members, and the members are as the Head. David knew the Lord's nature, and that this was speeding argument in prayer, which made him here and elsewhere so often use it. Other Works. What fixes the connection of the psalm with the history is the frequent application of the term "Thy (Jehovah's) servant", by David to himself in the latter, as in Ps 143:2 144:12 of the former. He is the servant of God, not in some one of the four ways, but in all of them together. But there's much more in The Treasury of David. Ver. C. H. Spurgeon :: Psalm 143 ← Back to C. H. Spurgeon's Bio & Resources. The prayer is an eager one, and the appeal a bold one. Ver. I stretch forth my hands...Hear me. Unto thee. the door of this hiding place, and withdraw himself, who is but my.., children, and pleads for psalm 143 commentary spurgeon covert ago ; wily should he not deliver,! 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