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1 (To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, A Psalm of David, when the Ziphims came and said to Saul, Doth not David hide himself with us?) Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength.

2 Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.

3 For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.

4 Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.

5 He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in thy truth.

6 I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O LORD; for it is good.

7 For he hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.

Commentary for Psalms 54

David complains of the malice of his enemies. (1-3) Assurance of the Divine favour and protection. (4-7)

1-3 God is faithful, though men are not to be trusted, and it is well for us it is so. David has no other plea to depend upon than God's name, no other power to depend upon than God's strength, and these he makes his refuge and confidence. This would be the effectual answer to his prayers. Looking unto David, betrayed by the men of Judah, and to Jesus, betrayed by one of his apostles, what can we expect from any who have not set God before them, save ingratitude, treachery, malice, and cruelty? What bonds of nature, or friendship, or gratitude, or covenant, will hold those that have broken through the fear of God? Selah; Mark this. Let us set God before us at all times; for if we do not, we are in danger of despair.

4-7 Behold, God is mine Helper. If we are for him, he is for us; and if he is for us, we need not fear. Every creature is that to us, and no more, which God makes it to be. The Lord will in due time save his people, and in the mean time he sustains them, and bears them up, so that the spirit he has made shall not fail. There is truth in God's threatenings, as well as in his promises; sinners that repent not, will find it so to their cost. David's present deliverance was an earnest of further deliverance. He speaks of the completion of his deliverance as a thing done, though he had as yet many troubles before him; because, having God's promise for it, he was as sure of it as if it was done already. The Lord would deliver him out of all his troubles. May he help us to bear our cross without repining, and at length bring us to share his victories and glory. Christians never should suffer the voice of praise and thanksgiving to cease in the church of the redeemed.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 54

  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 54:1 save me O GOD by thy name and judge me by thy strength --54:2-- hear my prayer O GOD give ear to the words of my mouth PSALM 66:19 but verily GOD hath heard me HE hath attended to the voice of my prayer *****PSALM 66:18 if I regard iniquity in my heart THE LORD will not hear me PROVERBS 28:9 HE THAT TURNETH AWAY HIS EAR FROM HEARING THE LAW EVEN HIS PRAYER SHALL BE ABOMINATION
  • BSP
    Verse 6~Jehovah God is good and everything that he ask of us is for our good. This should lead us to praise him.
  • Lettice Tate
    Prayer for protection of my marriage and my family in the name of Jesus.Amen
  • Promise Nwulu
    Thank you lord for I know that you have answer me
  • Alex
    Sophia i pray that your marriage will stand, What God has made one let no man put assunder. GBU YOU AND YOURS in Jesus name
  • Sophia
    Heavenly father i ask for blessing in my .marriage as my husband has gone astray. I leave it in ur hands dear lord. Amen
  • Lisa Wolks
    God help and protect me please. In Jesus name. Amen.
  • Staci Joe
    God you are great your mercy endures for ever, there is none like you.. You are my pillar in every situation,, i can never get enough of you. Holy spirit, i avail my self for you glory,, WHAT DO YOU HAVE ME DO LORD?. Direct my steps, perfect your will in my life and use for your Glory in Jesus Name! Amen

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When oppressors seek to do evil, they have not set what before them?
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