Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Psalms
Book: Psalms
Chapter: 141

David's comfort in Prayer.
- There can be No situation So distressing or dangerous, in
which Faith will not get comfort from God By Prayer. We are apt
to show our troubles too much to ourselves, poring upon them,
which does us No service; whereas, By showing them to God, we
might cast the cares upon him who careth for us, and thereby
ease ourselves. Nor should we allow any complaint to ourselves
or others, which we cannot make to God. When our spirits are
overwhelmed By distress, and filled with discouragement; when we
see snares laid for us On every side, while we walk in his way,
we may reflect with comfort that the Lord knoweth our path.
Those who in sincerity take the Lord for their God, find him
all-sufficient, as a Refuge, and as a Portion: every thing else
is a Refuge of lies, and a portion of No value. In this
situation David prayed earnestly to God. We may apply it
spiritually; the souls of believers are often straitened By
doubts and fears. And it is then their duty and interest to Beg
of God to set them at liberty, that they may run the way of his
Commandments. Thus the Lord delivered David from his powerful
persecutors, and dealt bountifully with him. Thus he raised the
crucified Redeemer to the Throne of Glory, and made him Head
over all things for his Church. Thus the convinced sinner cries
for help, and is brought to praise the Lord in the company of
his redeemed people; and thus all believers will at length be
delivered from this evil world, from Sin and Death, and praise
their Saviour for ever.