Commentary for Psalms 56

David seeks mercy from God, amidst the malice of his enemies. (1-7) He rests his faith on God's promises, and declares his obligation to praise him for mercies. (8-13)

1-7 Be merciful unto me, O God. This petition includes all the good for which we come to throne of grace. If we obtain mercy there, we need no more to make us happy. It implies likewise our best plea, not our merit, but God's mercy, his free, rich mercy. We may flee to, and trust the mercy of God, when surrounded on all sides by difficulties and dangers. His enemies were too hard for him, if God did not help him. He resolves to make God's promises the matter of his praises, and so we have reason to make them. As we must not trust an arm of flesh when engaged for us, so we must not be afraid of an arm of flesh when stretched out against us. The sin of sinners will never be their security. Who knows the power of God's anger; how high it can reach, how forcibly it can strike?

8-13 The heavy and continued trials through which many of the Lord's people have passed, should teach us to be silent and patient under lighter crosses. Yet we are often tempted to repine and despond under small sorrows. For this we should check ourselves. David comforts himself, in his distress and fear, that God noticed all his grievances and all his griefs. God has a bottle and a book for his people's tears, both the tears for their sins, and those for their afflictions. He observes them with tender concern. Every true believer may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and then I will not fear what man shall do unto me; for man has no power but what is given him from above. Thy vows are upon me, O Lord; not as a burden, but as that by which I am known to be thy servant; as a bridle that restrains me from what would be hurtful, and directs me in the way of my duty. And vows of thankfulness properly accompany prayers for mercy. If God deliver us from sin, either from doing it, or by his pardoning mercy, he has delivered our souls from death, which is the wages of sin. Where the Lord has begun a good work he will carry it on and perfect it. David hopes that God would keep him even from the appearance of sin. We should aim in all our desires and expectations of deliverance, both from sin and trouble, that we may do the better service to the Lord; that we may serve him without fear. If his grace has delivered our souls from the death of sin, he will bring us to heaven, to walk before him for ever in light.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 56

  • Ivy Johnson
    David’s life: young age:not easy: Forgotten by father: brothers: Reliculed by brothers: but Mighty with: and in: His God: Groomed him: for His Mighty Works: lowest of the low: shepherd: dumb sheep: Fulfilled shepherd’s role: chosen vessel: God will use: mightily: killed Goliath: enemy of God: knew: understood: holiness of God: Defamed His God: God of Israel: Righteous anger: be angry: Sin not:
  • BSP
    Reading God s Word and see his amazing works and personality helps us to build unshakeable faith and trust in Jehovah God.
  • Mark
    The Recent Comments... section above ruins this otherwise beautiful scripture s and photo s page. I like to forward to my family members everyday. Please return, to commentary and explanation-only on verse-of-the-day . Thx
  • I Am that Michael Isaac Dale
    Many say here: I am godly, I have the Holy Spirit! Verily, the Holy Spirit is of God. If the spirit in you be Holy, ye are of God. Yet, being now on trial, you confess not that the Son of God, even the Christ child; is come in the flesh. As it is written, For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
  • Briggitte
    I will not be afraid of man ànd love.I have God as my best friend.
  • Lilian
    What time is now oh God I put my trust in thee i love you Lord Jesus and thank you for fulfilling my dreams and my plans and my life projects i will praise you forever amen my Saviour my Redeemer
  • Felicia
    Verse 13
    After the Lord has taken you through thick and thin you can only be confident that He will be with you in any harassment of the enemy as you continue to depend on Him and abiding in His truth. He will surely deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living. Thank you Lord Jesus.
  • Lilian
    In God i will put my trust and I will not fear to my enemy . Jesus is the light of my world in him there is no darkness amen hallelujah
  • BSP
    If we put full trust in Jehovah God and have his protection and blessing, there is nothing that any man can do to us that would cause us eternal harm.
  • Geraldine cole
    Fear not for God is with Us he will not allow anyone to hurt his own study his word so u will have the power of his word within u and pray for the Holy Ghost he will lead and guide u to all Truth be careful of who u make friends with because the devil can change to a angel of light he want to steal kill and destory be aware of the false prophets they are here to help the devil amen


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In Psalm 56, since David has put his trust in God, he is not afraid of what?
  • Lions
  • Serpents
  • Floods
  • Giants
  • Man