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54:1 Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength.
54:2 Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.
54:3 For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.
54:4 Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.
54:5 He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in thy truth.
54:6 I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O LORD; for it is good.
54:7 For he hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.



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Everything King James Bible:Psalms
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Psalms
Book: Psalms
Chapter: 54

Overview:
David complains of the malice of his enemies. (1-3) Assurance
of the Divine favour and protection. (4-7)

1-3 God is Faithful, though men are not to be trusted, and it
is Well for us it is So. David has No other plea to depend upon
than God's name, No other power to depend upon than God's
strength, and these he makes his Refuge and confidence. This
would be the effectual answer to his prayers. Looking unto
David, betrayed By the men of Judah, and to Jesus, betrayed By
one of his apostles, what can we expect from any who have not
set God before them, save ingratitude, treachery, malice, and
cruelty? What bonds of nature, or friendship, or gratitude, or
Covenant, will Hold those that have broken through the fear of
God? Selah; Mark this. Let us set God before us at all times;
for if we do not, we are in danger of despair.

4-7 Behold, God is Mine Helper. If we are for him, he is for
us; and if he is for us, we need not fear. Every Creature is
that to us, and No more, which God makes it to be. The Lord will
in due time save his people, and in the mean time he sustains
them, and bears them up, So that the Spirit he has made shall
not fail. There is Truth in God's threatenings, as Well as in
his promises; sinners that repent not, will find it So to their
cost. David's present deliverance was an Earnest of further
deliverance. He speaks of the completion of his deliverance as a
thing done, though he had as yet many troubles before him;
because, having God's promise for it, he was as sure of it as if
it was done already. The Lord would deliver him out of all his
troubles. May he help us to Bear our Cross without repining, and
at length bring us to share his victories and Glory. Christians
never should suffer the voice of praise and thanksgiving to
cease in the Church of the redeemed.

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