Commentary for Psalms 41

God's care for his people. (1-4) The treachery of David's enemies. (5-13)

1-4 The people of God are not free from poverty, sickness, or outward affliction, but the Lord will consider their case, and send due supplies. From his Lord's example the believer learns to consider his poor and afflicted brethren. This branch of godliness is usually recompensed with temporal blessings. But nothing is so distressing to the contrite believer, as a fear or sense of the Divine displeasure, or of sin in his heart. Sin is the sickness of the soul; pardoning mercy heals it, renewing grace heals it, and for this spiritual healing we should be more earnest than for bodily health.

5-13 We complain, and justly, of the want of sincerity, and that there is scarcely any true friendship to be found among men; but the former days were no better. One particularly, in whom David had reposed great confidence, took part with his enemies. And let us not think it strange, if we receive evil from those we suppose to be friends. Have not we ourselves thus broken our words toward God? We eat of his bread daily, yet lift up the heel against him. But though we may not take pleasure in the fall of our enemies, we may take pleasure in the making vain their designs. When we can discern the Lord's favour in any mercy, personal or public, that doubles it. If the grace of God did not take constant care of us, we should not be upheld. But let us, while on earth, give heartfelt assent to those praises which the redeemed on earth and in heaven render to their God and Saviour.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 41

  • Ronnie j lowry
    pray.our father knows what you need. praise him for him and need met.
  • Bruce
    Abriel: Yes. Our God Shall Supply All Your Needs according to His Riches in Glory by Christ Jesus(Philippians 4:19) The Lost People Need Our Help. First,Take Care of Their Need. Maybe their Hungry, need Better Clothing. Then We can Tell them How to be Saved. Always have 1 or more with You when You Help Others. Never by Your Self. We don't have to Really Beg, Just let Him Know Your Need.
  • Abriel pallesgon
    HEY SIR GOD CAN PROVIDES ALL WE NEED GOD IS RICH GOD CAN HEAR US IF WE BEG FOR WE NEED HE GAVE OUR NEEDS BUT IF YOU FAITFUL TO GOD
  • Bruce
    I avoid Giving Money to Anyone as much as Possible.I will Buy them Clothing,food, Gas,Electric,Never Money.They Use the Money for Cigarettes,Drugs,Alcohol or Other ungodly Things/The True Riches are in His Word.This is what They Need Most.Tell Them The Way of Salvation By The Blood of The Lamb.That's More Valuable than All the Money in The World.
  • Mark verrell
    AS I READ THIS PSALM I AM WONDERING ASKING GOD TO SHOW ME WHO CAN I HELP? (AM NOT BRAGGING SOMETIMES I WILL GIVE A PERSON RANDOMLY SOME MONEY,MY CIRCUMSTANCES ARE LIMITED, I WOULD DO MORE, AS GOD PROVIDES,I DONT SEEK PEOPLE OUT,I AM POOR ENOUGH MYSELF,PERHAPS GOD WILL CHANGE ALL THAT,
  • RP
    Beautiful and uplifting in times of trials
  • BSP
    If one puts faith and trust in Jehovah God then verse 3 states that God will sustain that person during their sickness.
  • Russell Jordan Nee-Owoo
    I love this verse an it's all we need is to be delivered from our enemies an those who slow us down from us reaching our goals..it's help me alot.
  • Winnie njue
    Helping the poor is what we as christians should practice and domt ever want to show off doing it God always follows His word.He may not answer immediately to pay you but He will surprise you even when you have completely forgoten.lets keep on helping.
  • Lynette Pamela Hogden
    This is what I have been looking for thankyou from Lynette P Hogden


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Bible Trivia

In Psalm 41, David was betrayed by one who shared what with him?
  • His Home
  • His Bread
  • His Parents
  • His Schooling
  • His Bed