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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 41

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The First Book of Psalms (c 1-41)
Message: A Prayer for God's Mercy (v 1-13)

Psalms 41 Commentary

(41:1) God's Generosity - The Bible often speaks of God's care for those who are weak, poor, and in need, and of how he blesses those who share this concern. God wants our generosity to reflect his own free giving. As he has blessed us, we should bless others. Our churches should be safe havens for those in need. Welcome, encourage, and help those you can. 

(41:9) Betrayal - This verse is viewed in the New Testament as a prophecy of Christ's betrayal (see John 38). Judas, one of Jesus' 12 disciples (Mark 3:14-19), had spent three years learning from Jesus, traveling and eating with him, and handling the finances for the group. Eventually, Judas, who knew Jesus extremely well, betrayed him (Matthew 26:14=16, 20-25). 

(41:3) The Doxology - Psalms is divided into five books, and each one ends with a doxology or an expression of praise to God. The first book of the psalms, Psalms 1 through 41, takes us on a journey through suffering, sorrow, and great joy. It teaches us much about God's eternal love and care for us and how we should trust him even in the day-to-day experiences of life.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

A Helping Hand

Each day, we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 41. In our text today, we see a theme of God's mercy when feeling sick or abandoned and how God does not leave us but stays by our side. In applying, we see that the Lord will never leave us and how the Lord blesses those who bless others, especially the poor and needy. Today, we see many in need, and the Lord would have us to see them as He does. To have compassion on them. It is not a handout but a helping hand to get back on their feet and get involved in their lives. I love the saying give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish, and he will eat for a lifetime. How about you? How do you see the poor and needy? Do you help them? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that the Lord gives mercy to the needy, and we are to reach out and give them a helping hand, as this is the heart of God.


Psalm 41

Psalm 41

 1Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.

 2The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.

 3The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.

 4I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.

 5Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish?

 6And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it.

 7All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt.

 8An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more.

 9Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.

 10But thou, O LORD, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them.

 11By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me.

 12And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever.

 13Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.