Commentary for Psalms 123

Confidence in God under contempt.

- Our Lord Jesus has taught us to look unto God in prayer as our Father in heaven. In every prayer a good man lifts up his soul to God; especially when in trouble. We desire mercy from him; we hope he will show us mercy, and we will continue waiting on him till it come. The eyes of a servant are to his master's directing hand, expecting that he will appoint him his work. And also to his supplying hand. Servants look to their master or their mistress for their portion of meat in due season. And to God we must look for daily bread, for grace sufficient; from him we must receive it thankfully. Where can we look for help but to our Master? And, further, to his protecting hand. If the servant is wronged and injured in his work, who should right him, but his master? And to his correcting hand. Whither should sinners turn but to him that smote them? They humble themselves under God's mighty hand. And lastly, to his rewarding hand. Hypocrites look to the world's hand, thence they have their reward; but true Christians look to God as their Master and their Rewarder. God's people find little mercy with men; but this is their comfort, that with the Lord there is mercy. Scorning and contempt have been, are, and are likely to be, the lot of God's people in this world. It is hard to bear; but the servants of God should not complain if they are treated as his beloved Son was. Let us then, when ready to faint under trials, look unto Jesus, and by faith and prayer cast ourselves upon the mercy of God.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 123

  • Sandy on Psalms 123
    Prayers for my sons to find spouses of God-s choice. Blocking satans attempts at sending the wrong ladys. Also for my new spouse to show up sent by God for me too. Thankyou for praying
  • Daniel on Psalms 123
    MB, your faith in God to help you with the situation with your Grandchild is an inspiration. Please know you are not alone in your prayers. God's love and mercy will protect your Grandchild. You have asked, so therefore you will receive. God Bless.
  • MB on Psalms 123
    This psalm came the right time ..God hears our cry's from Heaven and answers our prayers ...I need God's intervention my grandbaby ..He is being taken from his home to stay from time to time with a father who didn't want him before ....but is now being selfish and is using the child as way of getting even with his mom ..I pray for Peter to let go of the annamosity and do what's best for his son.
  • Kjb - in Reply on Psalms 123
    If anyone wants their prayers to be HEARD ANSWERED DELIVERED One must believe, and NOT Doubt. Pray in secret. Thank Him in advance, Ask it in the name of His Son, Thank the Lord, Praise God, Remember Jesus, Trust in Christ. Bless your enemies, Accept the Good with the bad.
  • Brenda on Psalms 123
    God is truly awesome and he will be there just in the nick of time.
  • Just a thought on Psalms 123
    I once went to a very nice restaurant and the waiter for our table never missed anything. If our glass was low he was already refilling without a word spoken. How? In a discreet place nearby he stood intently observing us and our table. He knew (as in vs. 2) us well enough to the point that he could see that subtle 'signal of the hand.' Are our "our eyes wait[ing] upon the LORD our God" like him?
  • Cynthia on Psalms 123
    As the brother said it is so true. Put your Trust in God for he is the only one that can help you. for He healed my great niece, when the doctor's said they could do no more ,that all hope is gone Then GOD stepped in."'' He Performed a Miracle last month as in yesterday.
    want He do it? The Doctor's were so shocked, but we had faith in God and he showed up.
    Nobody but you God. We Give praise.
  • Randy Arickson on Psalms 123
    I know you are truly Bless everyday is a great Blessing. Soon has I get up I thank him and just ask that I may somehow please him. Help me to and the people in meet may they see something in me that will glorified and lift Him up. That they will see God's Light in me. I ask Him to help me every step I take He will be with me. Let them see I may not be perfect but Jesus is my Savior,and my Master.
  • Vanessa on Psalms 123
    God loves us all, and it's only through excepting Jesus as our Saviour, and repenting of our sins shall our name be in the book, but I can say trust in him, honour him, love him with all your heart, soul and might, he does protect us, he cared enough to send me back, I was to have died or be a vegetable, I love this psalm , I will never deny him to anyone, he gave me the chance to repent honestly
  • Geraldine Cole on Psalms 123
    Seek not the things of the world seek the things of God for when trouble comes he is the one that can help u see peoples love u when u please them if u don't they stop loving u but God love u my brother my sister No matter what stay your bible u will fine God in his word.and remember the Father which is God .The Son which is Jesus and The Holy Ghost one God loveed us so he sent his. Son to die.


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In Psalm 123, the believer waiting for God's mercy is compared with what?
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