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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 57

avid begins with prayer and complaint. (1-6) He concludes with joy and praise. (7-11)

Verses 1-6: All David's dependence is upon God. The most eminent believers need often repeat the publican's prayer, "God be merciful to me a sinner." But if our souls trust in the Lord, this may assure us, in our utmost dangers, that our calamities will at length be overpast, and in the mean time, by faith and prayer, we must make him our refuge. Though God be most high, yet he condescends so low, as to take care that all things are made to work for good to his people. This is a good reason why we should pray earnestly. Look which way we will on this earth, refuge fails, no help appears; but we may look for it from heaven. If we have fled from the wrath to come, unto Jesus Christ, he that performed all things needful to purchase the salvation of his people, will do for us and in us all things needful for our enjoyment of it. It made David droop to think there should be those that bore him so much ill-will. But the mischief they designed against him, returned on themselves. And when David was in the greatest distress and disgrace, he did not pray, Lord, exalt me, but, Lord, exalt thine own name. Our best encouragement in prayer, is taken from the glory of God, and to that, more than to our own comfort, we should have regard in all our petitions for mercy.

Verses 7-11: By lively faith, David's prayers and complaints are at once turned into praises. His heart is fixed; it is prepared for every event, being stayed upon God. If by the grace of God we are brought into this even, composed frame of mind, we have great reason to be thankful. Nothing is done to purpose, in religion, unless it is done with the heart. The heart must be fixed for the duty, put in frame for it; fixed in the duty by close attention. Our tongue is our glory, and never more so than when praising God; dull and sleepy devotions will never be acceptable to God. Let us awake early in the morning, to begin the day with God; early in the beginning of a mercy. When God comes toward us with his favours, let us go forth to meet him with our praises. David desired to bring others to join in praising God; and in his psalms, he is still praising God among the people, singing to Him among the nations. Let us seek to have our hearts fixed to praise his boundless mercy and unfailing faithfulness; and to glorify him with body, soul, and spirit, which are his. Let us earnestly pray that the blessings of the gospel may be sent through every land.


David Burnette's Life Application

A Relationship with God


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 Psalm with Chapter 57. In our text today we see a theme of how God is faithful in our in our times of trouble. In making application we see the difference in the Christian faith and all other religions - A real relationship with God. Our Lord hears and responds to our prayers, answering according to His Will, and in the process allows us to grow in and through Him. All the while instructing us in His Word. Amazing. How about you? Are you a Christian? If so, do you realize the relationship you have with God? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that our God listens, He speaks, and we have a relationship with Him. 

 

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Psalm 57

Psalm 57

 1Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.

 2I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.

 3He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.

 4My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.

 5Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.

 6They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.

 7My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.

 8Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.

 9I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.

 10For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.

 11Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.