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

  • Godness Aniekan Okposong on Psalms 41
    Psalm 41 is favorite God use this portion and fight for me
  • Hans Aaland on Psalms 41
    Last I quoted from Zech. Ch. 11 about the Raider emblem rep me, says he will eat the fat of the land, and tear their claws in pieces. I've quoted on record to someone about myself being the one. Only here, in Ps. 41, I'm depicted as concerning the poor, which I've done by not focusing in making an income with some exception, not to mention my going bankrupt, and sadly to take my fathers life at the breast of Ps.55:19 20 . I want also to show what is said of my consideration. It says in vs. 3 "The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness." I need a quick recognitiion by the Raiders change of plan, to bring attention to my cause.Y.R.!
  • Thanks Adam on Psalms 41
    Adam I do agree with your understanding of James1:13 God tells us He does not lead any of us into Temptation but by the wording in The Lords Prayer Matt6:9 Jesus is telling us to ask God not to lead us into TemptationV9 So why the Contridiction it must be someones Translation error Jesus would not tell us to Pray for what God tells us is not True. My Heart agrees and no doubt yours does too Adam
  • Adam - in Reply on Psalms 41
    It sounds you're interpreting Matthew 6:13 as God being the one tempting you, but that isn't the case. It says 'lead us not', it doesn't say 'tempt us not'. God can lead or offer a direction for you, but its up to you using your freewill to choose it. This prayer by Jesus is asking God not to lead us down a path where Satan may tempt us. This is not a translation error as you suggest.
  • I am - in Reply on Psalms 41
    If thy sayings come not from God himself, of whom do they come, thine own self? I can of mine own self do nothing: lest mine own judgment be found to be unjust. It is written, God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Has in these last days spoken unto us by HIS Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds:
  • Blessings in Knowing God'sTruth - in Reply on Psalms 41
    Iam, To know God's Good Will for us and His Truth we Trust Him and do what He tells us in Scripture. We need His Wisdom Prov4:7 we weren't Born with it we all lack it James1:5-8 We are told to Ask, Seek and Knock in Lk10:11-13 and when we ask in agreement with God's Good Will for us including for The Holy Spirit we will Receive them and we will know God's Truth and His Heart of Love for us 1Cor2.
  • Patty Tozi on Psalms 41
    Remember this Holiday- Emotions are infectious. If you are blue, you will make those around you feel the same way. If you are stressed, your tension will spread like the tide. But a smile, a cheerful word, a kind look, a laugh, a warm embrace, an uplifting conversation- - those are gifts that go right to the heart and spread the true meaning of Christmas. LOVE!!!
  • Patty Tozi on Psalms 41
    Ultimate of surprise is doing the unexpected. That can only come from our Holy Father. Being helpful to others in need or sickly giving your finances- when God gave you a chance to follow a long lost dream you always wanted. Giving up your way of living- to help someone see how precious they truly are after others misused them. For God wants us to show His Love through us to others. What a joy!!!
  • Patty Tozi on Psalms 41
    Bless all today!!!
  • Eric Bethancourt on Psalms 41
    I believe true happiness is having the means to help out and actually following through with it. If you're doing well and have the money to spare, take care of somebody by giving to someone in need. Choose somebody who would be as righteous as yourself if given the chance. The reward is seeing them grow and follow your lead!


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