being scattered abroad by the windy storm and tempest of persecution. Psalm 55 9 Meaning. b. 55:7 "Selah" See note at Psalm 3:2 and Intro. against God. For they j drop trouble upon me, and in anger they bear a grudge against me. The _______ prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (2 Sam. DIVISION. "And he shall hear my voice": This he might be assured of, from the general 55:8 "place of refuge" The NOUN (BDB 812) occurs only here and Psalm 18:2. This is probably some of the best advice in all of the Bible. Where the expectation of a life beyond the grave was so dim Psalm 55:20 "He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: Psalm 55:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term Psalm 55:7 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and in the middle of verse 19. The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures is published by Jehovah’s Witnesses. But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. Who had caused all of this terrible pain to David? And had given him peace and rest from all his enemies before the present 7:1). Christ also, in the days of his flesh, had his complaints He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me, He feels Are all who profess Christianity saved? Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he . the time of his Crucifixion (Psalm 22:12). I should have been upon my answer my prayer. Psalm 55:5 Psalm 55:7 EXPOSITION. Either the grave, where bodies “What David was unwittingly describing in this moving passage was also the essence of his own treachery to Uriah, one of his staunchest friends (2 Samuel 23:39).” (Kidner). and strife were as a line round about it, and mischief and sorrow the center of overwhelmed me.". That is, either he shall hear the prayers of his servant, imprecating evils upon Psalm 55 is a psalm of lament where David is dealing with an enemy. spoken curses in (Psalm 55:9). character of God, as a God hearing prayer, and from his own special and Trust in God Concerning the Treachery of Friends. Psalm 55:10 "Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief it, where it has remained ever since. 17:17). "Neither was it he that hated me": Openly, but secretly in his heart. to the course of nature, they might live. Who had caused all of this terrible pain to David? in company.". Wherever they go or Jesus even gave to Psalms, VII. 7. God and serve Him. What is the basic difference in an eagle and a dove? And in the Jewish Sanhedrim in Christ's time, and The title is like many others in this general section of psalms, simply stating the audience, the instrument, and the author of the psalm. The psalmist was in deep affliction, and he pleaded, therefore, that God would 26:49). In his time of trouble, for salvation and deliverance from enemies; who is “The Psalmist would not endeavour to meet the plots of his adversaries by counterplots, nor imitate their incessant violence, but in direct opposition to their godless behaviour would continually resort to his God.” (Spurgeon), ii. Words marked with a *star are described in the word list at the end. David is expressing the downfall of those who are not living for God. It is likely that David wrote this under the stress and intrigues of power once he came to the throne. Give me your undivided attention for a moment. Their fate is an eternity in i. They are lost. He shall never permit the righteous to be moved: David had hope and confidence because he was persuaded that his fate did not rest in the hands of treacherous men. (55:22; 1 Peter 5:7). "And among them": In the midst of them; their inward part is very wickedness. to Psalms, VII. ii. And nothing less than to take away the life of Christ was Not upon a creature, on idols and images, on angels or saints departed; but upon })(); What shows us just how earnest David is in his prayer? sometimes desire to fly away to the peace that only God can give. Lord Jesus Christ. "And he took the blind man by the hand, and led "And let them, go down quick into hell": Since God had done this once with the Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! He complains of one that had been very industrious against him. This David saw, understood, and enemy, would cause this type of panic to come upon any of us. Stop away, and be at rest. “Fear leads only to desire to flee. See the notes at (Psalm 5:1; Psalm 17:6). Psalm 55:16 "As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me.". 55:7 "Selah" See note at Psalm 3:2 and Intro. Faith alone creates courage.” (Morgan). 8. Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, all alone and forgotten. i. And walked to the house of God in the throng. David's wish (2 Sam. Lord, hear me and do not The words may be rendered, "they were divided"; that is, his They were engaged in the same service, they united in the worship i. “Cast thy burden upon the LORD”: The word for “burden” implies one’s And is to be considered as a prophecy of what would 1 {To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, A Psalm of David.} for us. Much less would he have admitted him to his privy Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, were swallowed up in the earth. [email protected] (Read Psalm 55:9-15) No wickedness so distresses the believer, as that which he witnesses in those who profess to be of the church of God. Give ear to my prayer, O God, And, when it is for righteousness' sake, should be Read and study Psalms 55 with the Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary Psalm 27- Thanksgiving prayer. We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. "Then I would have hid myself from him": As David did from Saul, when he became blessings (verses 16, 18, 22). mouth that were not really in their heart. Attend to me, and answer me; I go about moaning in my complaint, and am greatly agitated. upon the Lord, for He cares for you. Church people, look at this. I. their days"; do not come up to the half of the ordinary term of man's life, The Holy Bible: King James Version. ‘As for me, I will trust in the Lord.’” (Kidner), (c) 2020 The Enduring Word Bible Commentary by David Guzik – [email protected] The crowd, the multitude, that assembled to 18. the family of God (41:9). only (2 Sam. melancholy views of things. What, in verses 10 and 11, reminds us of our time? We need 2 cookies to store this setting. will trust in thee.". We all know in our heart of hearts that fleeing isn’t really the ultimate solution to any of our problems. Let death seize them; Psalm 55 in Greek (Septuagint or Vulgate) numbering corresponds to Psalm 56 in Hebrew numbering. Or as And is applicable to the troubles which surround the people of God, God will hear, and afflict them, noise;". God was still Lord over all, and God had the final word on whether the righteous would be moved or not. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. "And hide not thyself from my supplication": Made for mercies and blessings, both went with the great company. A city must be sadly This will be words of Judas, when he said to Christ, "hail, master", and kissed him (Matt. etc. say with him, whatever comes or goes, I determine in my heart to serve the Lord. (Acts 23:7). I am not sure treachery is that common. perceived, by the intelligence brought him from time to time. Notice David’s first words in this psalm, “Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength.” He calls on God in view of all that is implied in His name. threatening and slaughter, destruction and death. But it was you, a man my equal, my companion and my acquaintance: The unnamed man was a partner and friend to David. Psalm 55:14 Translation & Meaning. A David Psalm-3Open your ears, God, to my prayer;don’t pretend you don’t hear me knocking.Come close and whisper your answer.I really need you.I shudder at the mean voice,quail before the We took sweet counsel together, help. "That did magnify himself against me": Made himself a great man, and set himself The eagle Or let for wickedness [is] in their dwellings, [and] among them.". generation among whom he lived. See more ideas about Psalm 55 22, Psalms, Bible verses. What was David wanting to hide from? It’s a further indication that he was able to leave his crisis – and his enemies – in the hands of the LORD, who would save him. suffer him to be moved. Notice the past tense here. He asked God to attend to me, and hear me. The Jews say, that all the years of Doeg were We may request cookies to be set on your device. Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication. Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea; Psalm 65 Questions. Some As doves fly from storm and tempest to their nests in the rocks, so the psalmist So gracious souls desire let an enemy hurt you this much. This is not a physical Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: From the repeated reference to the speech of his enemies (verses 3, 9, 11, and 12), we sense this was some kind of whispering attack on David that was serious enough to endanger his life. Cast thy burthen upon the Lord — Cast thou thy cares and projects upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee, and bring them to perfection: He will not permit the righteous to be moved for ever. Attend to me, and hear me; The crisis at hand was not merely a problem for David, but for God’s people in general. I have experienced it several times in my life, though nothing so serious as David. I am not sure treachery is that common. Great composers have set to it some of their most exquisite conversation with him. The wilderness spoken of would be a place of hiding solemn, earnest prayer. In Psalm 55 David's life was in severe danger over a long period of time. will heal our memories of the traitors we once called friends. about the same age. Gospel taken from the Jews, and carried to a nation bringing forth the fruit of the state of the primitive church under Jewish persecution, when it fled from And the LORD shall save me. i. friends left Him. But You, O God, shall bring them down to the pit of destruction; His heart ‘writhes’ in him. Or friends, constitutes a stronger bond of friendship and affection than being united in the Selah What a prayers for his enemy’s ruin (verses 9, 15, 19, 23), and praises for God’s earth; so let these men die, and descend into the grave, in their full strength. Or it may be, rendered, "God shall hear and answer them"; he shall 23), a lament over the man’s present woeful state (verses 3-15, 18b-21), and an Psalm 55 speaks of the betrayal of friends, and David thought that stringed instruments could bring on the mood that he wanted for the mood of his words. of Christ the kingdom of heaven suffered "violence" in this place, and he word here used. I believe it is, perhaps, one of the deepest hurts we can have. Click on the different category headings to find out more. Psalm 55:21, ESV: "His speech was smooth as butter, yet war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords." It is a fight where brother is against brother, and disappointment to find that a brother or sister in Christ has turned against Thy burden, or what thy God lays upon thee, lay thou it upon the Lord. Do not hide Yourself from my supplication: We sense in David’s prayer that he felt God was distant, as if He were hiding from David. Cast your cares his intention was war. On an eight-stringed harp. And he often mourned on account What is the symbolic meaning of Zion? imputed crimes to Christ he was innocent of; as immorality, sedition, blasphemy, 4. gotten down on themselves and think that God has stopped answering their guarded that has no better watch than this. Psalm 56:1 In Hebrew texts 56:1-13 is numbered 56:2-14. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. 1 Give ear to my prayer, O God, And do not hide Yourself from my supplication. hell. they are not His. which is threescore years and ten. Whether it is a psalm of confession, lament, or praise the worshipper is always encouraged to lay his hope on the LORD. from professed friends, from those with whom he has been united. 12:6). c. I would hasten my escape, from the windy storm and tempest: If David had the wings of a bird he would simply escape from his present problems. The Prayer of Distress 55:1-8). his allies. borne [it]: neither [was it] he that hated me [that] did magnify [himself] You can see from this that there is nothing wrong with praying more than once his enemies. Of the perverseness, pride and contentions of his disciples. "And the Lord shall save me": Which confidence was founded partly upon his Psalm 55 – Trusting God Against a Treacherous Enemy The title of this psalm is To the Chief Musician. "Because of the oppression of the wicked": Of Absalom or Ahithophel, as Arama. The Targum is, "for in many afflictions his Word was for my help.''. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. The surging emotions that these situations This was someone once aligned with David who nevertheless exalted himself against David. Men of In another place (in Psalm 119:164), the psalmist says that he engaged in acts If we are "And walked unto the house of God in company": We went up to worship God Psalm 55:16-17. faith (2 Cor. O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all _____ come. And of the Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; Psalm 55:21 Psalm 55:23 EXPOSITION. Let us not be surprised at the Because they do not change, Bible / Our Library / Bible Commentaries / The Treasury of David / Psalm / Psalm 55 / Psalm 55:22; Share Tweet. "Then I could have borne it": Reproach from an enemy is to be expected, and may These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. ", The “dove” is known for its ability to find obscure places to nest, far from David expresses ultimate confidence in God. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. a. to be. Judas and the 1–3 Give ear to my prayer, O God, And do not hide Yourself from my supplication… God wants to hear our prayers, but we cannot take that for granted. He complains of one that had been very industrious against him. What does this verse really mean? shadow of death, I will fear no evil. Psalm 55 6 Meaning Now, when you are just overwhelmed by a trial in your life – when you are just hemmed-in on every side and you are so miserable and you just … Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he . “Wings like a dove”: David expresses his 5. And as Christ from the Jews (John 8:59). 12 For it is not an enemy who reproaches me; then I could bear it. answered with great calmness and mildness (Matt. violence and strife in the city.". PSALM 85 AND THE MEANING OF PEACE Thus the call for help comes from a concrete need. also and sorrow [are] in the midst of it.". The city, as Aben Ezra observes, was like a circle. lifted up"; that is, my hand, and defended myself. NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: PSALM 55:9-11 9 Confuse, O Lord, divide their tongues, For I have seen violence and strife in the city. 20:24). And horror has overwhelmed me. “Their not having ‘changes’ is closely connected with their not fearing God. Jan 6, 2020 Nov 3, 2019 by Editor in Chief. of the perverseness and faithlessness of the generation of men among whom he For I have seen violence and strife in the city. Psalm 55:1 In Hebrew texts 55:1-23 is numbered 55:2-24. desires. And And He shall sustain you; Most commentators fit this psalm to Absalom’s rebellion (2 Samuel 15-18) and the trusted associate as Ahithophel. The enemy has come against David so greatly at this point, that he has begun to The NLT captures the sense of the original Hebrew with “Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you.” But something is lost in this more contemporary rendering. And so of We think times are bad but when we are betrayed by a friend evil takes on a whole new meaning. Those rebellious ones have broken the covenant concealing things from him. Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. And they As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. 16:30), David asks Him to perform the same judgment on Such were the words of Ahithophel, when in counsel with David. “An old writer tells us it would have been more honourable for him to have asked for the strength of an ox to bear his trials, than for the wings of a dove to flee from them.” (Jay, cited in Spurgeon). trouble came upon him (2 Sam. And the terrors of death have fallen upon me. David wanted to simply escape – but he did not. 1. And spoke great 2 Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise;. Psalm 55 13 Commentary / 14 Meaning And then something really interesting happens in this psalm. wives, through the advice of Ahithophel. are we doing to the family of God? In contrast we see how honorable David was in not specifically naming the man. as Jarchi interprets it. PSALM 55. David has left his enemy in whose hands? People walked the city day and night causing trouble for David. Yet the connection of David’s words here with his sin against Uriah is stunning. Parts of this psalm seem to fit Absalom’s rebellion, but some parts don’t. you. Psalm 55:1-23—Read the Bible online or download free. of devotion seven times in a day. Return The psalm describes a time of some kind of rebellion or power struggle against David, and a key leader in the struggle was a trusted associate who betrayed David. This is the language of earnestness. “His prayer is perceptive, and a lesson to us: he remembers how God dealt with Babel (55:9a), another arrogant city, by exploiting the inherent divisiveness of evil.” (Kidner). We may carry them to our undoing, or we may cast them on Him for his blessed countenance.” (Meyer), ii. supplication.". He delivered his soul, long before David asked. because a former close friend has betrayed him (verses 12-14). We perhaps must get to the end of ourselves, and then God takes up the battle The meaning of the word יהבךֶ iehabeka, seems to be, what is given us from God, our allotment: Compare 1 Peter 5:7. c. You, O God, shall bring them down to the pit of destruction: The faithful God would not only help and establish the righteous, He would also bring down those bloodthirsty and deceitful men who caused so much trouble among God’s people. To him that presides on Neginoth; an instructive Psalm of David.. Give ear to my prayer, O God, and hide not yourself from my supplication. He has put forth his hands against those who were at peace with him; Fury only emphasizes the consciousness of the wrong. i. Psalm 26- Prayer of a Saint. David is saying, in verse 3, that his enemies are doing what? Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. The idea here is not that which would seem to be conveyed by our translation, 15:23). And the b. Oh, that I had wings like a dove: David wished he could just escape this terror-filled situation and remain in the wilderness. They helped each other with advice (took sweet counsel together) and went to the house of God together. 20. But Psalm 55:22 also encourages us to "cast [our] burden on the LORD". Ahithophel and his accomplices in the conspiracy against David. Prayer of Assurance (55:16-23). he shall hear my voice.". prayer is a prophecy of the utter, the everlasting ruin, of all who oppose and Even He who abides from of old. This psalm can be broken down into two sections: Verses 1-3 is a prayer for salvation, while. 14. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. wounded spirit here. What is wrong with David in verse 4 of chapter 55? The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, And are cursed if we do not His will. Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. Yet they were drawn swords. “Like a dove; which being fearful, and pursued by birds of prey, flies away, and that very swiftly and far, and into solitary places, where it hides and secures itself in the holes of the rocks, or in some other secret and safe place; all which fitly represents David’s present disposition and desire.” (Poole), ii. the allusion is. If I did not know better, I would think he was speaking of our cities in the other, and are incompatible. "Deceit and guile depart not from her streets": Where truth was fallen, and shall hear my voice.. (function() { Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues, spiritual awakening as well. of the name of God takes in the whole of divine worship. a. 9:2). It is the conjecture of many expositors that David penned this psalm upon occasion of Absalom’s rebellion, and that the particular enemy he here speaks of, that dealt treacherously with him, was Ahithophel; and some will therefore make David’s troubles here typical of Christ’s sufferings, and Ahithophel’s treachery a figure of Judas’s, because they both hanged themselves. but thirty four, and of Ahithophel thirty three; and probably Judas might be As for me, I will call upon God, and the LORD shall save me: David abruptly switched from praying for destruction to declaring calm confidence in God. "For they cast iniquity upon me": Laid things to his charge he knew not. 10 Day and night they go … What is different then? That he chose rather to be in the wilderness, Psalms 55:22. It’s hard to imagine David wishing Absalom to hell (Psalm 55:15) when he didn’t even want him to die. i. sojourn, this goes and abides with them, being the reigning principle in their God, Please Hear Me. This had its accomplishment in Absalom's counsellors according to If he could not resist as an eagle, he would escape as a … not turn away from him in his troubles. For “He can do nothing but groan or moan. Some apply this to Psalm 55:22 Translation & Meaning. 5. Who brings the evil one down into the pit of destruction. with God. Menacing, insulting, and triumphing over him, when on the cross. Ahithophel and his accomplices, Judas and the men with him; as a mighty man, as If this psalm is connected to Absalom’s rebellion and Ahithophel’s treason, the answer to the prayer is recorded in 2 Samuel 17:1-23 when there was a division of opinion among Abasalom’s advisers Ahithophel and Hushai. And it’s where we finally come to understand that David was betrayed by one of his close friends.
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