| 1 ¶ <<To the chief
Musician upon Jonathelemrechokim, Michtam of David, when the Philistines
took him in Gath.>> Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me
up; he fighting daily oppresseth me.
2 Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.
3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
| 1 -
1 - Man The Hebrew word here is 'emosh. It pictures frail man.
1 - Oppresseth me A common thought in the psalms.
3 - When I am afraid God is our strength.
| 4 In God I will praise
his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do
5 Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.
6 They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.
7 Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God.
- What flesh can do See mt1028.
6 - Soul See on ps1610.
7 - Escape by iniquity? The Hebrew text is unclear. The word "thine" is supplied by translators.
7 so recompense them for their crime; in wrath cast down the peoples, O God! (RSV)
¶ Thou tellest [count] my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle:
are they not in thy book?
.9 When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.
10 In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word.
11 In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.
- Tears into thy bottle We serve a
loving, caring God. The idea of a "book" shows that God has a precise record.
10 - Word Compare jn1717.
11 - What man can do God surrounds His committed people and will allow no experience that is not for their ultimate good ps3407.
| 12 Thy vows are upon
me, O God: I will render praises unto thee.
13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?
|13 - Walk ... light of the living This implies that death is darkness ps14303.|