Prodente clypeo vulneratus sum, I am betrayed by my shield, said Brasidas the Lacedaemonian, when he was wounded through it Plutarch. For exaltation comes not from east or west or out of the desert, Behold our shield, O God, and look with favor on the face of Your anointed. The root is not certain. But thou, O Jehovah, art a shield about me; My glory and the lifter up of my head. Like a dam that first leaks and then suddenly bursts, the raging torrent of the rebellion was threatening to sweep David and his loyal followers to their deaths.
He is my shield, to protect me from your condemning sentence; and all your curses are harmless; they all fall short of me, because they all fell wholly upon him. Nor is there any other shield to intercept its tremendous curse. You must not relinquish this to a commentator. There was nowhere to turn but unto God; but that was solace enough. Copyright Statement These files are public domain. The true enemies are those who reject our God and His Christ! The king was absolutely certain God would stand by him.
Behold the Son of David composing himself to his rest upon the cross, that bed of sorrows; commending his Spirit into the Father's hands in full confidence of a joyful resurrection. The Lord is our glory. He had become fabulously wealthy, living in a palace of breathtaking splendor with his many wives and servants. It was because he trusted the Lord to sustain him. And the most painful wound of all was the treachery and betrayal of Absalom.
The Holy Bible, New Living Translation, Copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007. Safety; a shield for me; which denotes the advantage of that protection. True Christian fortitude consists more in a gracious security and serenity of mind, in patiently bearing and patiently waiting, than in daring enterprises with sword in hand. David found himself in one of the most difficult situations one can experience in life. While the superscriptions of the Psalms are not a part of the sacred text, they are nonetheless very ancient and most likely reflect the historical contexts underlying the poetic compositions. So Jehovah the Father was a shield to Christ, in his infancy, from Herod's rage and fury; and afterwards from the insults of the Pharisees, and their attempts to take away his life before the time; and in his sufferings and death, so as that his faith and confidence in him were kept up, and he got the victory over sin, Satan, and the world; see Psalm 22:9. The Psalms want to give the reader a faith worldview i.
After the superscription, which gives us the circumstances, the psalm falls into four strophes of two verses each. The resentment built and Absalom began to court the disgruntled people in the kingdom, offering himself as a more sympathetic leader than his powerful father was. Every word of God is flawless; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. It is a blessed act of faith when you can thus take Christ in your arms and hold him up as a shield between the law and your conscience. In short, having acknowledged his sin before, he now takes into consideration only the merits of the present cause. Having by prayer committed himself and his cause to God, and being sure of his protection, his heart was fixed, and he was easy. When he fled from his son Absalom.
Is any afflicted with undutiful disobedient children? David knew the Lord,before he met his enemies,who did not know him or the Lord. Undoubtedly on occasions he experienced some heinous nights see Psalm 32; cf. Figure of speech Synecdoche of Part , App-6, put for whole person. You move out of the White House. Or, perhaps one of your children turned against you and took up a lifestyle of drugs or sexual promiscuity that is totally opposed to your values.
Yahweh, how my adversaries have increased! Having mourned over their own sins, and humbly betaken themselves to the mercy of God, they ought to keep their eyes fixed on the obvious and immediate cause of their afflictions, that they may entertain no doubt of the help of God when undeservedly subjected to evil treatment. Nothing can fix a gulf between the communications of God's grace towards us, and the working of his grace in us; between his favour and our faith. See what God is to his people, what he will be, what they have found him, what David found in him. The lifting up of the head marks the deliverance of a man from a position of humiliation, from great dangers, from the state in which he goes mournful and dispirited with drooping head. Snatch me from the gates of death, Then my head will be held high above my enemies around me. Copyright Statement These files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship. Copyright Statement These files are public domain.
Selah Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. When we are struck on every side, especially by those closest to us--our family, do we give up in despair, or do we confidently trust our God who will never fail us? How long will you love vanity and seek after lies? He is my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me. God is his glory, and he lifts the head of the sorrowful. Copyright Statement These files are public domain. One wonders how these laments work in 1. The title of this psalm and many others is as a key hung ready at the door, to open it, and let us into the entertainments of it; when we know upon what occasion a psalm was penned we know the better how to expound it. Densamque tulit in pectore sylvam Lucan.