143 1 Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief. Determined in Supplication. 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. Hear my prayer, O LORD,Give ear to my supplications!In Your faithfulness answer me,And in Your righteousness.Do not enter into judgment with Your servant,For in Your sight no one living is righteous. Mercy has wings to its heels when misery is in extremity. INTRODUCTION TO Psalm 143. Men who have no soul can only wonder at this. ; and when his Father answers not, he cries like one ready to fall under the burden, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" "John Gill. Teach me to do thy will. Who else will care to do it but my God? If other thoughts get into our hearts in the morning, we may not be able to turn them out all the day. Commentary on Psalm 143:7-12 (Read Psalm 143:7-12) David prays that God would be well pleased with him, and let him know that he was so. It is a balsam for every wound, a cordial for every fear. I stretch forth my hands...Hear me, etc. Verse 1. He who made the ear will cause us to hear: he who is love itself will have the kindness to bring his lovingkindness before our minds. A man is sometimes thrown into difficulties in which he sits down beginning to despair, and says to himself, "Well, this time it is all over with me"; like Sterne's starling, or, worse, like Bunyan's man in the cage, he says, "I cannot get out." Enter not into judgment with thy servant. The believer, if wise, will at all times flee to Jehovah. 3. What he knows. David is in trouble, and he betakes himself to prayer. Verse 2. Job 22:23, 25. After a moment he said: "No, indeed, I should not like to have them know; no, not for the world." 1., pp. Verse 10. Of thy mercy cut off mine enemies. When to listen. His heart is ever toward us, his ear is open to us, and his hand is ready to help, protect, and deliver us. For the servant: he seeks protection because he belongs to his master. Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness. 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. 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. B. H. Verse 6. 8vo, second edition, Carlisle; 1818. He had entreated for audience at the mercy seat, but he has no wish to appear before the judgment seat. I flee unto thee to hide me. The cry (Ps 143:6) "My soul thirsteth after thee as a thirsty land", answers to David's own words in Ps 63:1, when he was fleeing from Absalom, and still in the wilderness of Judah (title, Ps. To do all of it, let it be what it may. This is the best form of instruction, for its source is God, its object is holiness, its spirit is that of hearty loyalty. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Psalm_143&oldid=977922096, Articles lacking reliable references from April 2012, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 11 September 2020, at 19:54. When David was in any difficulty as to his way he lifted his soul towards God himself, and then he knew that he could not go very far wrong. You must pray that he would hide you. God can hide us out of reach of harm, and even out of sight Of it. 143 1 Een psalm van David. Verse 11. This he especially prays for, more than for deliverance, for else he knew God would not hear him. 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. We would have the Lord's promise run thus,Your sorrows shall not endure the whole night, your joy shall come long before the morning. Danger: the Christian may be in danger from sin, self, foes. For no man will frame himself to walk in God's ways till he be assured of God's favour. Moreover, his absence enables adversaries to work their will without restraint; and thus, in a second way, the persecuted one is like to perish. How shall I now live to thee? All this "the enemy" hath done unto me: but what enemy? Verse 2. Hear me speedily. When my own works reproach me, thy works refresh me. God teaches us in three ways. See "Spurgeon's Sermons", No. If we have a godly thirst, it will appear by diligence in frequenting the place and means of grace, Pr 8:34; brute beasts for want of water will break through hedges, and grace thirsty souls will make their ways through all encumbrances to come where they may have satisfaction.Thomas Pierson, 1570-1633. David walked by this principle when he said (Ps 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. He declareth his vehement affection to God by a very pretty similitude, taken from the ground which is thirsty by the long drought of summer, wherein the earth, rent in pieces, as it were, and with open mouth through long thirst, seeketh drink from heaven. We could not pray just so with our Christian light; but under Old Testament arrangements the spirit of it was congruous to the law. 2. To the chief Musician, a Psalm of David. The disciples spirits were even failing in the tempest, when Christ slept and seemed to neglect them, as if he cared not though they perished. "Howl, fir trees, if the cedars be shaken. Gracious men are so eager to be heard in prayer that they double their entreaties for that boon. This psalm, as those before, is a prayer of David, and full of complaints of the great distress and danger he was in, probably when Saul persecuted him. All rights reserved. They know now that they are no more their own, but his; and therefore should now live to him. b He has made me dwell in darkness Whole Psalm. This is a good method in prayer, first to seek the kingdom of God and spiritual graces, for then all other things shall be added to us. Quicken me, O LORD, for thy name's. 2 143:2 Job 9:2 14:3-4 Pred. Psalm 143:7-12 . It is a sign of our safety when our interests and those of righteousness are blended. ITS CHARACTERISTICS. Teach me to do thy will." Verses 11-12. "I have hid myself with thee." For what persecution so grievous as to be persecuted in my soul? Withinliterally, "in the midst of me"; implying how deeply the feeling had penetrated. Psalm 32 is traditionally attributed to King David, and on that basis would probably have been written in Jerusalem during the tenth century BCE. Every chapter of the Bible in 140 characters or less. Abbot, in "The Baptist Messenger," 1870. Poor David! How childlike"teach me"! We prefer to follow the natural cleavage, and therefore have made no other dissection of it. HEER, toon uw trouw en hoor mij smeken. 2. 2 Oh, wash me, cleanse me from this guilt. It will be noticed that in the Hebrew poets the longing for God never strikes one as morbid, or unnatural to the men who uttered it. It was a custom in the early church to sing these psalms on Ash Wednesday, the Wednesday before Easter. O HEERE! Protectio sequitur allegiantiam. 3 The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in the darkness like those long dead. The voice which is heard is the word of God, which, being apprehended by faith, is able to comfort our souls in whatsoever temptation. He is troubled on every side, yet not removed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed. Psalms 142 Psalms 144 Chapter 143. Nieuwe Bijbelvertaling (NBV) 142. F7. The land of plainness, a land where no wickedness of men, and malice of Satan, vex the soul from day to day; a land where no rough paths and crooked turns lengthen out the traveller's weary journey (see Ps 143:5); but where all is like the smooth pasture lands of Reuben (De 3:10 Jos 13:9), a fit place for flocks to lie down.Andrew A. Bonar. "Andrew Robert Fausset. If we have God's countenance we live, but if he turns his back upon us we die. He doth not pray absolutely that God "would not enter into judgment with him", for this were to forego his government of the world; but that he would not do so on account of his own duties and obedience. 1. Admirable points in this prayer to be imitated by us. Een psalm van David. This is its native air: God as the Environment of the soul has been from the remotest age the doctrine of all the deepest thinkers in religion. 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. Answer me in thy righteousness. how should we seek, but by prayer? If so, it is a sign he intends to answer thee. 2. Verse 10. "For in thee do I trust."J. This psalm is divided by the Selah. Howsoever, in this he complains grievously to God of the malice of his enemies, and desireth God to hear his prayers, he acknowledgeth that he suffereth those things by God's just judgment, most humbly craving mercy for his sins; desiring not only to be restored, but also to be governed by God's Spirit, that he may dedicate and consecrate the rest of his life to God's service. Only God can take away from our weary ears the din of our care, and charm them with the sweet notes of his love. 2. The great lengths God may sometimes permit the enemy to go, Ps 143:3. Whole Psalm. Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies. Psalm 143. Psalm 143:1-2. This psalm is a prayer request. And when some said to him, "You have been so active and faithful, why should you fear?" In the sixth verse we find him thirsting after God; and now that thirst is become so intense that it admits of no delay. It assures us of supplies for our wants, of safety in danger, of endurance to the end, and of a glorious portion in eternity. 3. "I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands. Inabilityto defend himself or overcome his opposers. Nothing, literally nothing. 22:1 24:4 Ps. And united they are all, indeed, into a motive, which God hath more clearly revealed to us than he did to David (although it be strange, seeing it was his Lord; and yet not strange, seeing it was his son); and this is the motive: for thy Son Christ Jesus' sake; for he is the verbum abbreviatum the Word in brief, in whom are included all the motivesall the powerful motivesthat can be used to God for obtaining our suits.Sir Richard Baker. A Sacred Septenarie, Or, A Godly And Fruitfull Exposition on the Seven Psalms Of Repentance by Mr. Archibald Symson... London, 1638 4to., contains an Exposition of this Psalm, pp. who so good a scholar as David? 2. If ever trouble be just cause for calling upon thee, how can mine be more just, when the enemy hath persecuted my soul, hath smitten my life down to the ground, and hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead? David would fain be among the godly, in a land of another sort from that which had cast him out. "Enter not into judgment.". 4. He was athirst for the Lord. Psalm 142 - A maskil of David. Slander has a very depressing effect upon the spirits; it is a blow which overthrows the mind as though it were knocked clown with the fist. He that will not do the will of Christ shall receive no protection from Christ. Mal 2:6 Isa 11:4 Ps 45:7 67:5 143:10.Cunningham Geikie, in "Hours with the Bible," 1884. Prayer for Help and Guidance. Forgiveness is not inconsistent with truth or righteousness, and the pardon which in mercy God bestows upon the sinner is bestowed in justice to the well beloved Son who accepted and discharged the sinner's obligations. Verses 5-6. God is all spirit and all good. Therefore faith in God's promises is the most effectual cause to bring forth good works; and an assurance of justification the surest means to produce sanctification. We are often brought to a stand, hedged up and hemmed in by the providence of God so that there seems no way out. 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