He prays that he might be enlightened with the knowledge of God's will; and this is the first work of the Spirit. I muse on the work of Your hands. b. Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness. 2 Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you. 1 Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications: in thy a faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness. ii. c. Lest I be like those who go down into the pit: David considered this to be the worst imaginable fate: to leave the land of the living and go to the pit of the grave. It was a remembrance of God’s great works. a. David asked God to deal with his enemies; but before that, he asked God to deal with him. Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. c. I spread out my hands to You: Thinking deeply about what God did with His hands made David respond with his hands, spreading them out before God in prayer and praise. Many prayers for revival are actually self-interested, praying “Lord, let me be known for a great work of revival.”. We can also remember the days of old before our own time, thinking of the great things God has done among His people in days past. Because his life was filled with so much activity and danger, it is impossible to link this psalm to any one particular point of crisis. He knew that his own low or uninspired or undirected walk with God was a greater danger than any enemy. Hear my prayer, O LORD,Give ear to my supplications!In Your faithfulness answer me,And in Your righteousness.Do not enter into judgment with Your servant,For in Your sight no one living is righteous. These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. The believer will not forget, that in his best actions he is a sinner. Yet if we sense that God may hide His face from us, we feel weak before any adversary. A *covenant is when two people (or groups of people) agree. by John King, [1847-50], at sacred-texts.com. It is one of the Penitential Psalms Uses Jewish. Psalms 143:9 - Deliver me, O Lord , from my enemies; I take refuge in You. PSALM 143 should be noted the firm grip taken of facts, for, to all seeming, David and his men were at death’s d0o.r; the care with which conduct is placed under Divine direction--“Shall I go further away? a. If he thought of the joy, the simplicity, and the goodness of how God met him and blessed him as an anonymous (even somewhat despised) shepherd boy, it would bring a warm smile to his face. Almost all the phrases used are found in other Davidical psalms. iii. David praised God for what He had done in the days of old, and he prayed that God might draw close to him now. But still doing is better than talking.” (Spurgeon). Spurgeon on lovingkindness (hesed): “Lovingkindness is one of the sweetest words in our language. 3 The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in the darkness like those long dead. McCaw noted that most of us would, Be happy to pray this prayer (Psalms 143:11), but that we might shy away from praying the next verse (Psalms 143:12). From the series: Psalms: The Hymnal Of Israel, Book V (Psalms 107-150) PREVIOUS PAGE | NEXT PAGE Psalm 143 Bible commentary on the Book of Psalms, chapter 143, by Dr. Bob Utley, retired professor of hermeneutics. David understood that the servant has obligations to the Master; yet, the Master also has obligations to the servant. Rashi 's Commentary: Show Hide. Psalms 145:1-9 God’s Majesty And Love. This makes us think of the times when others caused great misery for David, misery that surely extended to the depths of his soul. We may request cookies to be set on your device. David was no doubt a very skillful musician, the Bible mentions that he played the lyre for King Saul (1 Samuel 16:23), and the prophet Amos mentions that David invented instruments of music for worship of the Lord (Amos 6:5). This is the best course we can take, when our spirits are overwhelmed. a. Psalm 143 This psalm, as those before, is a prayer of David, and full of complaints of the great distress and danger he was in, probably when Saul persecuted him. Sadly, David’s words do not connect with the daily experience of many who think of themselves as followers of God. There are times when it is good for us to remember the days of old. b. He didn’t only need the love of God – he also needed the guidance of God. Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, The next line, Your Spirit is good, connects this teaching work of God with the presence of His Spirit. i. ii. The Hebrew title for this psalm is tehillim (Praises). He needed to hear this early in the day, in the morning, so we would have assurance and know how to walk during the day. Close. His persecuted soul (verse 3) sought after God with the intensity of thirst. 1 Adele Berlin, “The Rhetoric of Psalm 145,” in Biblical and Related Studies Presented to Samuel Iwry, ed. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. i. c. In Your mercy cut off my enemies…for I am Your servant: David appealed to God on the basis of His name, His righteousness, and His mercy – yet also on the basis of his relationship with God as His servant. In Psalm 143, David laments his circumstances and feels that every step he takes is under attack from his enemies, who are persecuting his soul. For I am Your servant. The ancient Hebrew word here translated lovingkindness is hesed. However, many disagreed and there is no good reason for changing the long-held understanding of hesed and taking it as a word that mainly emphasizes covenant loyalty (see R. Laird Harris on hesed in the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament). This psalm, as those before, is a prayer of David, and full of complaints of the great distress and danger he was in, probably when Saul persecuted him. The Holy Spirit speaks in secret whispers to those who are able to hear him. Psalm 143:1 > Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness. Revive me, O LORD, for Your name’s sake! It drove David to God in prayer, praise, and deep longing. What an encouragement to all of us. If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. 2020 the Enduring word Bible Commentary by David. he is beginning to,! Volume 3: 90-150, ed faithfulness psalm 143 commentary righteousness come to my cry for ;. 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