psalm 4:1 commentary
I ask the question, let the Reader remember; I do not determine it. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-4.html. Ps. O God, to whose mercy I owe all that I have or hope for: which was a very fit and powerful argument in prayer, and very agreeable to the following words, in which there is an acknowledgment of Godâs former mercies, and a petition for mercy. Grammatically, this is inadmissible, for in such cases the vau relat. Psalm 4 – Talking to God and Men. 1765. Or, we may understand it thus: - "God hath enlarged my heart with joy and comfort when I was like a man imprisoned by grief and sorrow." By his praying, he testified, that when utterly deprived of all earthly succor, there yet remained for him hope in God. Verses 13-20 constitute the psalmist's personal commitment to The mode of expression which he here employs is metaphorical, and by it he intimates that a way of escape was opened up to him even when he was besieged and enclosed on every side. Thou hast enlarged me… in distress—Thou hast brought me into a roomy place when straitened. We know neither the author nor the specific occasion that generated this call to thanksgiving. Psalms 4:1. 1905. He who will not ask such blessings as pardon, and justifying righteousness, and eternal life, must perish for the want of them. "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". Psalms 4:1 « To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm of David. You have relieved me in my distress; Be gracious to me and hear my prayer. What indeed can be more grateful to the Lord, than, by thus acting faith upon what the Lord will give, to tell him what he hath before bestowed upon us? The psalm begins with prayer. Is not this holy cry to God founded on the plea of him and his merit, who is truly called the Lord our righteousness; and who is made of God to his people, both wisdom and righteousness, sanctification and redemption? BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. The idea of the expansion of the breathing (of the stream of air) and of space is attached to the ח , Arab. He reproves the wicked, Psalm 4:2. Neginoth: stringed instruments mentioned in connection with Psalms 3; Psalms 5; Psalms 43; Psalms 54; Psalms 60; Psalms 66; Psalms 75, where it seems clear that the musical directions now appearing as titles of Psalms 4; Psalms 6; Psalms 54; Psalms 55; Psalms 61; Psalms 67; Psalms , 76, were anciently appended to the preceding Psalms. He can say that Christ has been made to him righteousness, that we have been ‘made the righteousness of God in Him’ (1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21). Gordon Churchyard. 1. 1. "Commentary on Psalms 4:1". Or, Be angry, as the word is here rendered by all the ancient, and by some modern translators, and even by St. God will surely be nearest unto his in their greatest straits; and because they have made him the God of their mountains, he will be the God of their valleys also. The word “hear” in such cases is always used in the sense of “listen to,” “hear favorably,” or “attend to;” hence, in the literal sense it is always true that God “hears” all that is said. (i) "gratiosus esto mihi", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius. "Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary". When we are vilified, and derogated by others, as David here was, let us make God acquainted with our condition, by his example. He feels that the God who had done it in former troubles could do it again; and he asks him to repeat his mercy. ‘O God of my righteousness.’ The righteous God is the source of his vindication, and its upholder. Those familiar with the KJV on this verse might be puzzled by the word leasing which appears here instead of falsehood. never fails; Ewald p. 554; Small Gr. Praise Him! The Christian has an equally great joy. When I call, answer me, Thou my righteous God, who givest me help in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer. You have a great deal to say to your hearts, they may … Psalm 44 is the 44th psalm from the Book of Psalms, composed by sons of Korah and is classified in the series of lamentations of the people. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? Past favor is a ground of hope for the future. On Neginoth, that is, stringed instruments, as the kind of musical accompaniment. O God of my righteousness; either the witness and defender of my righteous cause; or from whom I expect that righteous judgment and decision of my cause which I cannot obtain from mine enemies, who load me and my cause with manifold injuries and calumnies. BibliographyBarnes, Albert. This is always a proper ground of appeal to God. This is a common mode of expression in Hebrew. For while nothing is more painful to us than to be falsely condemned, and to endure, at one and the same time, wrongful violence and slander; yet to be ill spoken of for doing well, is an affliction which daily befalls the saints. O God of my righteousness — Or, my righteous God, the witness and defender of my righteous cause, and the person from whom I expect that righteous judgment and decision of it which I cannot obtain from mine enemies, who load me with manifold injuries and calumnies. It is the opinion of the very learned Bishop of Meaux, that they were both given and preserved by divine interposition, that their arguments and the writers of them might be known: "Nor can there be any reason for expunging them, since they are found in the text and all the versions, and have been thought worthy of explanation by Jewish as well as Christian commentators. Psalm 30 Commentary. BibliographyTorrey, R. A. Now he prays for continued mercy to be shown to him, in response to his praying. Words in brackets, ( ), are not in the Hebrew Bible. Moreover, he calls him the God of his righteousness, which is the same thing as if he had called him the vindicator of his right; (50) and he appeals to God, because all men everywhere condemned him, and his innocence was borne down by the slanderous reports of his enemies and the perverse judgments of the common people. " We also should point out that the use of instruments of music by the Jews constitutes no authority whatever for Christian use of them in the worship of God. Psalm 4:4. A psalm of David. Isaiah also, fortified by the same confidence, (Isaiah 50:6 and following verse) despises all the slanders by which his enemies calumniated him. And the other part of the motive for redress is also very sweet and important. With stringed instruments. (Calmet). Psalm 1 is the first psalm of the Book of Psalms, beginning in the English King James Version: "Blessed is the man".The Book of Psalms is part of the third section of the Hebrew Bible, and a book of the Christian Old Testament.In Latin, this psalm is known as Beatus vir or Beatus vir, qui non abiit.. '" It is the evil genius of humanity that very frequently throughout their history they have, "Changed the truth of God for a lie and have worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. BibliographyWhedon, Daniel. "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". BibliographyConstable, Thomas. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. Joseph Benson's Commentary. And so this and other words in Hebrew and Greek, which properly signify righteousness, are oft used for mercy or kindness, as Isaiah 58:8 Psalms 31:1 36:10 2 Corinthians 9:9, and in many other places. Free Bible commentary on the Book of Psalms in Easy English - written by Gordon Churchyard for MissionAssist. 1859. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/psalms-4.html. ‘Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness. And this cruel and unjust treatment which David met with, ought to be carefully marked. "Commentary on Psalms 4:1". 27:7. Thou hast enlarged me, i.e. 4:36), and in other psalms attributed to him. 25:16; 69:16 "Commentary on Psalms 4:1". Copyright StatementThe Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament is a derivative of a public domain electronic edition. This psalm has a good deal in common with Proverbs 2:12-15, 20-22 and Jeremiah 17:5-13, both of which contrast the The suffix refers, as it very frequently does, to the compound idea; Ewald, p. 580. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/psalms-4.html. David prayeth for audience. Selah. ), than that we have an independent one, and at any rate it is a retrospective clause. The conception of God as supremely just, and the assertor of justice, is one of the noblest legacies from the Hebrew faith to the world. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/psalms-4.html. He appealed to God as the righteous One who had delivered him from former distress. הרחבת is not precative (Böttch. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-4.html. "Who art to do me right; to whom I apply for justice.". Concerning the musical instruments mentioned in several of these titles, that it is certain the Hebrews used in their sacred solemnities such as were either played upon by the breath, as the trumpet; or by striking, as the cymbal; or those which consisted of strings, which, from being touched or struck, were called Neginoth, and concerning some of which we shall have occasion to speak hereafter: though, for ourselves, we ingenuously own with Bishop Bossuet, that as these things are little necessary, so we are far from being certain or very solicitous about them. He did not boast of his own righteousness except in reference to his enemies, from whose calumnies he vindicated himself. We therefore speak no better to men, because no more to God. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness,.... Or, "my righteous God"F8אלהי צדקי. But it is a consolation far surpassing this, to know when men vaunt themselves over us wrongfully, that we are standing in the view of God and of the angels. The petition put up by the psalmist is, to be heard when he called, that is, to hear his prayer, as it is explained in the latter part of the verse: and God is a God hearing prayer; and so David, Christ, and all the saints, have found him to be: and the encouragement to pray to the Lord, in hope of being heard, arose from past experience of divine goodness; thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; when he had like to have been killed by Saul casting a javelin at him; and when his house was watched by men that Saul set there, and he was let down through a window and escaped; and when he was shut in at Keilah, where Saul thought he had him safe; and at other times, to which he may here refer, as in Psalm 18:19; and this may be applied to the Messiah, when in the garden, beset with sorrows, and an angel strengthened him; and when on the cross, surrounded by various enemies, whom he conquered; and when in death and the grave, from the pains and cords of which he was loosed, and set in a large place. Or, O God of my mercy; which title is given to God elsewhere, as Psalms 59:10,17; whereas this title, O God of my righteousness, is not given to God in any other place of Scripture. This Psalms opens with prayer, then an address showing the folly, as well as danger, of pursuing vanity; the close of the Psalm determines that the happiness of man must be alone found in the favor of God. I. Psalms 4:1-8 Peace Under Difficult Circumstances. Before I enter upon the Psalm itself I would beg the Reader's attention to the title of it. 4:1 Notice the imperatives used to implore God. The Septuagint read the word which we have rendered in our translation 'chief Musician Lamenetz, instead of Lamenetzoth; the meaning of which is unto the end. And certainly, as often as we ask anything from God, it becomes us to begin with this, and to beseech him, according to his free goodness, to relieve our miseries. Instruments pulsatilia, stringed instruments, such as are to be touched, or played upon with the hand. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pmc/psalms-4.html. Past experience is a sweet solace in the hour of trouble. In this he supplies a rule for every prayer in like extremities. Psalm 4 is a good vessel for this proclamation. And they that have drawn this conclusion suppose also, that Neginoth meant stringed instruments, similar to what is said Habakkuk 3:19. Barnes understood this to mean, "O my righteous God"; but aside from the fact that there could be something in the Hebrew which justifies such an opinion, it appears to us that Matthew Henry gave a much more accurate meaning of the passage as it stands in our version. "Commentary on Psalms 4:1". Herein is wisdom, let us imitate it and always take our suit, not to the petty courts of human opinion, but into the superior court, the King's Bench of heaven. In the Greek Septuagint version of the bible, and in its Latin translation in the Vulgate, this psalm is Psalm 43 in a slightly different numbering system. 2. "Commentary on Psalms 4:1". Copyright StatementJames Burton Coffman Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. O God of my righteousness - That is, O my righteous God. May we not without violence consider the prayer as the supplication of the God-man Christ Jesus? This is a thought very common in the Psalter, and apparently was a favourite phrase of Davidâs, occurring in Psalm 18:19 (comp. The privilege of the godly, and his faith in God, Psalm 4:3. Psalms 2:1-12 Evil Only Seems to be Winning. ḥ , of רחב , root רח ( Deutsch. He can’t take it much longer and asks the people, “How long are you going to keep this up!” (v. 2) He … https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/psalms-4.html. The distress of which he speaks, in my opinion, refers not less to the state of his mind than to circumstances of outward affliction; for David’s heart was not of such an iron mould as to prevent him from being cast into deeper mental anguish by adversity. Have mercy upon me - In my present troubles. In connection with this confirmatory relation of בּצּר הרהבתּ לּי it is more probable that we have before us an attributive clause (Hitz. Some affirm that the meaning here is "great men." He who dares to face his Maker will not tremble before the sons of men. 657). Thou hast enlarged me - I was in prison; and thou hast brought me forth abroad. When he was “pressed” or “confined,” and knew not how to escape, God had interposed and had given him room, so that he felt free. (FOR THE CHIEF MUSICIAN; ON STRINGED INSTRUMENTS. Have mercy = be gracious, or show favour to. Alas! BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. A Psalm of David. So he urgeth God and strengtheneth his own faith with his former experiences. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer. ", "That love vanity and seek after falsehood. Be gracious to me and hear my praye… (Calmet) --- "To the chief of the singers on stringed instruments." The conception of God as supremely just, and the assertor of justice, is one of the noblest legacies from the Hebrew faith to the world. With respect to David, it is easy to answer this question. --- The psalms which have this title, related to future times, and to the Church of Christ; (St. Augustine; Worthington) or were to be sung at the close of the Jewish festivals, &c. (Berthier) --- This is considered as a sequel to the preceding, to thank God for the late victory over Absalom. The privilege of the godly, and his faith in God, Psalms 4:3. An Evening Song: Free Bible commentary on Psalm 4 in Easy English ... Psalm 4. Book One The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked - Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. God of my righteousness - Whatever pardon, peace, holiness, or truth I possess, has come entirely from thyself. This psalm is titled To the Chief Musician. Unto the end. The psalmist here appeals to God as "his" God - the God in whom he trusted; and as a "righteous" God - a God who would do that which was right, and on whom, therefore, he might rely as one who would protect his own people. So he urgeth God and strengtheneth his own faith with his former experiences. Psalm 23 is likely the most well-known psalm 1 of the Psalter — and the most well-known passage in the Bible. Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms. A PSALM OF DAVID). The writer is grateful that when he was in distress God delivered him from it and set him ‘at large’. The manna shall fall every morning until we cross the Jordan. When he was "pressed" or "confined," and knew not how to escape, God had interposed and had given him room, so that he felt free. (Challoner) --- Lamnetseach, from nitseach, "to push to an end," may signify (Haydock) to the end; and this sense is more noble than (Berthier) "To the precentor, or president." Thou hast, that is, thou wilt enlarge me who am now in distress. » Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me [when I was] in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer. In the Hebrew, it is neginoth, supposed by some to be a musical instrument, with which this psalm was to be sung. That is, Pity me, and have compassion on me, as thou hast done in former times. BibliographyPoole, Matthew, "Commentary on Psalms 4:1". On the Dag . Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access the New Bible Commentary. God does nothing by halves, and he will never cease to help us until we cease to need. ), for the perf . The words may be rendered, "be gracious unto me" (i), or "show me favour"; bestow the blessings of grace, grant larger measures of grace, and fresh supplies of it: and so all sensible sinners apply to God for mercy; and all the saints have recourse to him as the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort, for every mercy, both temporal and spiritual. Apparently some in the community were spreading lies about him, ruining his reputation. First of all, I want to give honor to God in whose ways I am imperfectly trying to walk. “Answer me … be gracious to me … hear my prayer” says the psalmist (v. 1). Psalm 4:4 Or In your anger (see Septuagint) Cross references. The ungodly satisfied with earthly blessings, but the godly cannot be at rest without the favour of God, Psalms 4:6-8. First, by De Wette, who explains the pret. The chief musician; the master or director of the sacred musicians and music of the temple; of whom see 1 Chronicles 6:31 15:16,17 25:1,2 2 Chronicles 20:21 34:12,13. 1871-8. To him that overcometh, or excelleth, or triumpheth, to wit, in his profession of music. I had rather have the king’s favour than Mephibosheth’s land. John Trapp Complete Commentary. Ps 4:1-8. The chief musician; the master or director of the sacred musicians and music of the temple; of whom see 1 Chronicles 6:31 15:16,17 25:1,2 2 Chronicles 20:21 34:12,13. EasyEnglish Psalms Tweet: Tell your friends about this website! "Commentary on Psalms 4:1". This latter view, which is Luther's also, "Thou who comfortest me in distress," is to be preferred on this account, that the words, according to it, briefly comprehend what had been set forth in detail in Psalms 3:3 and Psalms 3:4 of the preceding Psalm, which stands so closely related to this. Psalm 4#In Hebrew texts 4:1-8 is numbered 4:2-9.For the director of music. God of my righteousness = My righteous God. BibliographyScofield, C. I. And this agrees also with the experience of the saints; who, when in distress through sin, Satan, and the law, have been set free, through the Gospel proclaiming liberty to the captives to such enemies; and the opening of the prison to them that have been bound by them: and when they have been so shut up and straitened in themselves, that they could not come forth in the discharge of duty, and in the exercise of grace; through the Spirit of the Lord, who is a spirit of liberty, they have been enlarged in the duty of prayer and of praise, and in the exercise of faith and love; and their hearts have been enlarged through the discoveries of the love of God towards them, so that they have run cheerfully in the ways of his commandments; who also gives them largeness of heart, an increase of the knowledge of Christ, and of the love of God, and tills them with joy and peace in believing, and draws out the desires of their souls to his name, and the remembrance of him; have mercy upon me: the psalmist pleads no merit nor worthiness of his own, but applies to the grace and mercy of God; and sensible of his sin, both original and actual, he entreats a discovery of pardoning grace and mercy. Concerning the authenticity of these titles in general, there is great doubt among commentators. This was prophetically spoken. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer. An exhortation to duty, Psalms 4:4,5. David prayeth for audience, Psalms 4:1. BibliographyWesley, John. God of my righteousness—or, "my righteous God, as my holy hill" (Ps 2:6), who will act towards me on righteous principles. Or, O my righteous God. 1. answer me — BDB 772, KB 851, Qal imperative, cf. He now implores the same mercy again. Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress - That is, on some former occasion. Copyright StatementThese files are considered public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available in the Online Bible Software Library. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". Thou art the God of my salvation, as thou art the God of my life. Paul, we know, was endued with courage arising from this source, (1 Corinthians 4:5) for when many evil reports were spread abroad concerning him among the Corinthians, he appeals to the judgment-seat of God. This daily newsletter provides a starting point for personal study, and gives valuable insight into the verses that make up the Word of God. Zeitschr . "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". Psalms 4:1. (h) . I shall always need thy help; I shall never deserve to have it; let me have it in the way of mere mercy, as thou hast hitherto done. "God of my righteousness." "Scofield Reference Notes on Psalms 4:1". "Commentary on Psalms 4:1". 1857. Commentary on Psalms - Volume 1 by John Calvin. Psalm 4. Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. "Commentary on Psalms 4:1". ", Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. God hath dashed down the rocks and given me room; he hath broken the barriers and set me in a large place. Hear me when I call, O God of my riqhteousness] That is, O thou righteous Judge of my righteous cause, and of my good conscience. Amen." As Barnes said, "`Leasing' is the old English word for `a lie. The psalmist warns against sin. Man's happiness is in God's favour. "Commentary on Psalms 4:1". 1 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I … That is, Pity me, and have compassion on me, as thou hast done in former times. 2 O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? 1854-1889. de Orat.). He had the testimony of a good conscience that he had attempted nothing without the call and commandment of God, and therefore he does not speak rashly when he calls God the protector and defender of his right. 2012. Mr. Fenwick has been at the pains to consider the Hebrew titles of the psalms at large; to him, therefore, we refer the reader curious on these subjects; Observing II. BibliographyClarke, Adam. Psalms 4:1. Regarding the inscription, Matthew Henry observed that in the Old Testament, "All of the singing was done by the choristers, not by the people; but the New Testament appoints all Christians to sing (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). "O ye sons of men." He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. O God of my righteousness — Or, my righteous God, the witness and defender of my righteous cause, and the person from whom I expect that righteous judgment and decision of it which I cannot obtain from mine enemies, who load me with manifold injuries and calumnies. Thou hast enlarged.—Better, in my straitness Thou (or, Thou who) hast made room for me. BibliographyBenson, Joseph. Thus the faithful are accustomed to call to their remembrance those things which tend to strengthen their faith. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". xii. We shall, hereafter meet with many passages similar to this, where David, in order to give energy to his faith against terrors and dangers, (51) brings together the many experiences from which he had learned that God is always present with his own people and will never disappoint their desires. You have given me … It may, however, be asked by way of objection, Since all the purity of men is mere pollution in the sight of God, how can the godly dare to bring forward their own righteousness before him? To the unbelievers (and we all have our moments), God gives “room.” Room to rise from the grave of unbelief, … BibliographyTrapp, John. All other rights reserved. Thou hast made room for me. Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! The appeal to God as a righteous God implies a conviction in the mind of the psalmist of the justice of his cause; and he asks God merely to do “right” in the case. Psalm 4:1 serves as the invocation. But that this still continued, is evident from the extra-ordinary agreement between the whole substance of this Psalm and that of the preceding one. Have mercy upon me - In my present troubles. Psalms 4:1 Context. He is seeking that God will continue to act on his behalf in response to his prayer. The ungodly satisfied with earthly blessings, but the godly cannot be at rest without the favour of God, Psalm 4:6-8. More Psalms commentaries. , who is righteous in his nature, ways, and works, the just Judge of the whole earth, who will do right; or "the vindicator of my righteousness", as the Syriac version renders it; that is, of his innocence and uprightness, which the Lord knew and was a witness of: and since he was his covenant God, he doubted not but he would bring it forth as the light, and favour his righteous cause, and do him justice upon his enemies: or the psalmist addresses God in this manner, because he was the author of his righteousness, and was the justifier of him, by imputing the righteousness of his Son unto him. Then from Psalms 4:6 to the close he delightfully contrasts his own satisfaction and safety with the disquietude of the ungodly in their best estate. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. And, I would like to thank my fiancé, my family, friends, classmates and all of you who thought it not robbery to listen to me talk about God’s Word just a little bit. Title.— בנגינות למנצח lamnatseach bineginoth. O God — The witness and defender of my righteous cause. "The Adam Clarke Commentary". "Commentary on Psalms 4:1". Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness. And, granting that a single passage might be found, in which an exception occurs to the general rule, yet we should not be justified in adopting here an usage which is certainly very rare, and only to be admitted in a case of necessity; since the exposition we prefer gives an easy and natural sense, and is confirmed by the parallel passages in the preceding Psalm. The words may be rendered, "be gracious unto me"F9חנני "gratiosus esto mihi", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1874-1909. 1 (To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm of David.) Have mercy upon me; thou mayst justly destroy me for my many and great sins, and therefore I flee from thy justice to thy mercy, on which all my hopes are grounded. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/psalms-4.html. On Neginoth; or, on stringed instruments, as this word is translated, Habakkuk 3:19; for the Hebrew verb nichen, whence this is derived, signifies to play with the hand upon an instrument, 1 Samuel 16:23 18:10. 1801-1803. Hear me, when I call, O God, &c.— Or, Answer me, &c. O God of my righteousness! The meaning is, "Full of confidence, I call on Thee for help, who hast already given me so many proofs of Thy goodness, hast so often already delivered me from trouble, whose proper business it is to do this." The Psalmist shortly resumes in these words what in Psalms 3 had been the foundation of his hope of deliverance, and raises himself up in the following verses, by means of a new ground of hope, even his Divine election. “The church, like David,” says Dr. Horne, and, we may add, every true member thereof, “calls aloud for God’s assistance; addresses him as the God of her righteousness, as the fountain of pardon and grace; reminds him of that spiritual liberty, and enlargement from bondage, which he hath purchased for her, and oftentimes wrought in her; and conscious of her demerit, makes her prayer for mercy.”. Words in boxes are from the Bible. What is meant is the expansion of the straitened heart, Psalms 25:17. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/psalms-4.html. Used by Permission. Fenwick, however, who conceives that all the psalms immediately refer to Christ, has endeavoured to prove at large, that the words would be more properly rendered, To him who giveth the victory, or causeth us to triumph in tribulations. Surely we should all speak the more boldly to men if we had more constant converse with God. Hist. It is used precisely in the same way, for example, in Psalms 24:5, "The God of his salvation,"=his salvation-God. That this is not in vain, his previous experience assures him: Thou hast made a breadth (space) for me when in a strait. vol. § 621. Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. You have given me relief when I was in distress. It is not on the ground of his own claim as a righteous man, but it is that, in this particular case, he was wrongfully persecuted; and he asks God to interpose, and to cause justice to be done. i.e. None of us is able to make our own life—let alone the whole world—as it should be. 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