Psalms Chapter 17
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14 From men which are thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.
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Matthew Henry's Psalms Chapter 17 Bible commentary...
David's integrity. (1-7) The character of his enemies. His hope of happiness. (8-15)
1-7 This psalm is a prayer. Feigned prayers are fruitless; but if our hearts lead our prayers, God will meet them with his favour. The psalmist had been used to pray, so that it was not his distress and danger that now first brought him to his duty. And he was encouraged by his faith to expect God would notice his prayers. Constant resolution and watchfulness against sins of the tongue, will be a good evidence of our integrity. Aware of man's propensity to wicked works, and of his own peculiar temptations, David had made God's word his preservative from the paths of Satan, which lead to destruction. If we carefully avoid the paths of sin, it will be very lead to destruction. If we carefully avoid the paths of sin, it will be very comfortable in the reflection, when we are in trouble. Those that are, through grace, going in God's paths, should pray that their goings may be held up in those paths. David prays, Lord, still hold me up. Those who would proceed and persevere in the ways of God, must, by faith prayer, get daily fresh supplies of grace and strength from him. Show thy marvellous loving-kindness, distinguishing favours, not common mercies, but be gracious to me; do as thou usest to do to those who love thy name.
8-15 Being compassed with enemies, David prays to God to keep him in safety. This prayer is a prediction that Christ would be preserved, through all the hardships and difficulties of his humiliation, to the glories and joys of his exalted state, and is a pattern to Christians to commit the keeping of their souls to God, trusting him to preserve them to his heavenly kingdom. Those are our worst enemies, that are enemies to our souls. They are God's sword, which cannot move without him, and which he will sheathe when he has done his work with it. They are his hand, by which he chastises his people. There is no fleeing from God's hand, but by fleeing to it. It is very comfortable, when we are in fear of the power of man, to see it dependent upon, and in subjection to the power of God. Most men look on the things of this world as the best things; and they look no further, nor show any care to provide for another life. The things of this world are called treasures, they are so accounted; but to the soul, and when compared with eternal blessings, they are trash. The most afflicted Christian need not envy the most prosperous men of the world, who have their portion in this life. Clothed with Christ's righteousness, having through his grace a good heart and a good life, may we by faith behold God's face, and set him always before us. When we awake every morning, may we be satisfied with his likeness set before us in his word, and with his likeness stamped upon us by his renewing grace. Happiness in the other world is prepared only for those that are justified and sanctified: they shall be put in possession of it when the soul awakes, at death, out of its slumber in the body, and when the body awakes, at the resurrection, out of its slumber in the grave. There is no satisfaction for a soul but in God, and in his good will towards us, and his good work in us; yet that satisfaction will not be perfect till we come to heaven.
Carol marshall's Psalms Chapter 17 comment on 1/22/2014, 9:31pm...
I love the bible I love are lord .he's my salvation .he's my every thing.
Innocent kwesiga's Psalms Chapter 17 comment on 1/22/2014, 3:56pm...
I have read psalms over n over but i guess this has been the day for this revelation to me. it has just caught my eye17:5...wow!!! i had a dream last year which has been explained through this verse.
Davie's Psalms Chapter 17 comment about verse 4 on 1/07/2014, 8:07am...
lost man does not recognise his works are "anti-christ", hence the world today naked,blind and unsealed,through the influence of "the prince of the power of the air" are setting the stage for "Appolyon" the destroyer, Only the incorruptable seed of the pure word of God, can keep us from being blinded,taken and snared by the paths of the destroyer manifested in the works of men,
Anugwa Nathan's Psalms Chapter 17 comment on 12/12/2013, 1:45am...
THE SHADOW OF THE LORD REPRESENTING HIS GLORY IS ALL WE NEED AT ALL TIMES
Sheree's Psalms Chapter 17 comment on 10/19/2013, 9:11pm...
As we mature through the sanctification process of being led by the Holy Spirit through obedience, He transform our character to the likeness of Christ. You should be able to see a life style change in your life that glorify Him more and more each day!!!
AMBIKA's Psalms Chapter 17 comment on 8/16/2013, 3:10am...
THE LORD WILL HOLD OUR HAND AT ALL TIMES.
Joyce Lynn Kirkland's Psalms Chapter 17 comment about verse 5 on 8/01/2013, 8:54am...
This verse from childhood has been my prayer, I've recited over my entire left..named a business Pathway..to remind me of the right path in my journey with the Lord!
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