Yes, but not as in the sanctuary; and therefore he saith, To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary; there I have seen thee otherwise than ever elsewhere; there he saw the king upon his throne and in his glory. 2 Samuel 14:14 La 3:49. Weiss appears to have the authority of several MSS for this, but he seldom errs in the direction of too little dogmatism. Daniel Featley, D.D., in "Clavis Mystica, "1636. The practice of lifting up the hands in prayer towards heaven, the supposed residence of the object to which prayer is addressed, was anciently used both by believers, as appears from various passages in the Old Testament; and by the heathen, agreeably to numerous instances in the classical writers. The soul's pursuit after God. Revelation 3:20. Sanctified Knowledge, saith, There is an infinite fulness in Christ, the fulness of a fountain. He must perforce love with the whole directness, and strength, and intensity of his Being; for he is God, and therefore incapable of partial and imperfect action. Jeremiah 14:1-22; Philippians 4:9. 9-10. Notwithstanding this allusion of St. Austin to foxes in special, Jansenius and other expositors extend this grant in my text to all wild beasts and fowls, which are, as it were, impatient with the fox, and have full power and liberty given them to seize upon the corpses of traitors to God and their country; but foxes bear the name because they abound in those parts where was such store of them, that Samson in a short time, with a wet finger, caught three hundred. Donne says of it: "As the whole Book of Psalms is, oleum offusun (as the spouse speaks of the name of Christ), an ointment poured out upon all sort of sores, a cerecloth that supplies all bruises, a balm that searches all wounds; so are there some certain Psalms that are imperial Psalms, that command over all affections and spread themselves over all occasions--catholic, universal Psalms, that apply themselves to all necessities. Thomas Horton. I cannot have better security for present nor future than God's former mercies exhibited to me. 1. Richard Mant. I. At his life they aimed, at his honour, his best welfare; and this they would not merely injure but utterly ruin. We must meet. As a place of choice. To praise God practically. A long time out of thy glorious presence is two deaths and two hells to me. Holy desires are among the most powerful influences that stir our inner nature; hence the next sentence. In his hour of desolation he looks up from the desert to heaven. My help. De 6:15. John Piper Jun 21, 1992 31 Shares Sermon. When the mouth is full of mercy, is should also be full of thanksgiving. Under the eagle wings of Jehovah we hide from all fear, and we do this naturally and at once, because we have aforetime tried and proved both his love and his power. 2. 3. There is that in a gracious God and in communion with him, which give abundant satisfaction to a soul. NO. They shall be a portion for foxes. Although the great assize is reserved for another world, yet even here, at the common sessions of providence, justice often bares her avenging sword in the eyes of all the people. The soul's following, and following hard after God--what means this? 2 I have seen You in the sanctuary and beheld Your power and Your glory. tqkd, adhaesit, adherescit anima mea post te: My soul cleaves after thee, as do things which hang by another; the root is of so great frequency in Scripture, as of enquiry amongst critics; it imports here the posture of David's spirit, and speaketh it close to God; and so depending upon him, as nothing could loosen it from him: Satan's subtlety, Saul's cruelty, his own personal loss and indemnity, are not all of them of any force or dexterity, to cut asunder or untie the Gordian knot of this unity. Thomas Horton. Because thou hast been my help. Thomas Horton. Certain, shameful, destructive. My flesh, that is, my bodily sensitive appetite, which thirsts, ardently longs for consolation, which it receives from the abounding of spiritual consolation to the soul. Often had his heart been gladdened by communion with God in the outward ordinances, and for this great blessing he sighs again; as well he might, for it is the weightiest of all earth's sorrows for a Christian man to lose the conscious presence of his covenant God. It alone whets up joy by a sympathy of spirits; and in answer hereunto it is characteristically to God's people called the seeking of God's face, that is, himself, for so his face is taken: "Thou shalt have no other gods before my face; "that is, thou shalt have myself, or none but myself. "Kindness" to needy, helpless, lost. The Son of God became incarnate, shed his blood, and fulfilled all righteousness, that he might be food for our souls. It confers a great deal of benefit, and requires a great deal of grace, which belongs unto it, in the truth and reality of it. Because thy lovingkindness is better than life. He is not like the Egyptian task masters, which, require brick and give no straw wherewithal to make, II. Absorption in the most hallowed of all themes makes watches, which else would be weary, glide away all too rapidly; it causes the lonely and hard couch to yield the most delightful repose --repose more restful than even sleep itself. Psalm 63 allows us to peer into the heart of this man after God’s own 3-6. It is, indeed, used as a proper and distinct name of God. My lips shall praise thee. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness. It is as if the psalmist had said, "Does God retire? Ver. Nevertheless, when himself in the wilderness, David did not recur to those records for encouragement. The Berleb Bible describes it as a Psalm "which proceeds from a spirit really in earnest. Whatever we can desire or stand in need of, it is all wrapped up in this, Thou art my God. But according to the second sense, so he is blest only by angels and men, who are therefore to do it with so much the greater intension. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness. No hands need hang down when God draws near in love. Is it not against the law of nature that men should become beasts' meat; yea, the meat of such beasts as are carrion, and not man's meat? And, in general, it may be observed, that he, imparts such satisfaction by condescending to hold, communion with them. Ver. The sight of God was enough for him, but nothing short of that would content him. "All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee. John Wells (1668), in "Sabbath Holiness.". Early will I seek thee, says he: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh (that is, myself) longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is. 4. The devil is a destroyer, and all his seed are greedy to do the same mischief; and as he has ruined himself by his crafty devices, so also shall they. Perhaps David had formerly united with those "who by night stand in the house of the Lord, "and now as he could not be with them in person, he remembers the hours as they pass, and unites with the choristers in spirit, blessing Jehovah as they did. Psalm 63: Psalm Of The Thirsty Soul (2 of 5) Series: Psalms - Desiring God Frank Damazio Introduction: The faith of Psalms 61-62 reaches its conclusion in Psalm 63, David's song in the wilderness. Shall go into the lower parts of the earth. In duty. 8. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee, longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water. How strong are we when the Lord works in us by his own right hand, and how utterly helpless if he withhold his aid! Psalms 148:3; Psalms 148:7-8. F5. Ver. The flesh, in the New Testament sense of it, never longs after the Lord, but rather it lusteth against the spirit; David only refers to that sympathy which is sometimes created in our bodily frame by vehement emotions of the soul. 7. They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power, "etc. He helps them out, by way of rescue, and redemption, and deliverance. acknowledging and owning of thee when I first awake. Vocal praise should be rendered to God as well as mental adoration; others see our mercies, let them also hear our thanks. It owes its existence to him. Observe the eagerness implied in the time mentioned; he will not wait for noon or the cool eventide; he is up at cockcrowing to meet his God. And if we say “O God, thou art my God, it leads us to think of God and not of his gifts as our chief good. Exodus . He had felt the sweetness of divine love, he had tasted that the Lord was gracious; he knew by happy experience that his lovingkindness was sweeter than all the comforts of life; and he hoped to be blessed with further experience of his love, with such experience as would warm his heart, and afford matter of a new song of praise to God: and thus he expected to be satisfied as with marrow and fatness. Ver. Alexander Pringle, in "A Stay in Trouble; or the Saint's Rest in the Evil Day, "1657. How? Better is that which thou givest to men amended, than that which perverse men choose? The soul is persevering. I. ...A saving sight of the glory of God in our Immanuel must be inexpressibly comfortable; it is a feast to the soul, and is productive of joy unspeakable and full of glory... 3. This is the feast which our Lord, promises to every sinner who opens his heart to receive, him: "Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man. Because it is fostered by him. For first, he extols the lovingkindness of God with his lips (Psalms 63:3): My lips shall praise thee. He lays no more upon them. My lips. Therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. Let all desires be gathered into one. and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary; Ver. Believers grow in their knowledge of the divine character in the sanctuary, by observing and feeling the application of those great doctrines to the souls of men, by the power and influence of the Holy Spirit. It is, or should be, the desire of every Christian to. she sets him out in every part of him, and concludes with this: "he is altogether lovely:" because thy lovingkindness (saith David) is better than life, my lips shall praise thee, and I will bless thee while I live. and will sup with him, and he with me." David, when (as now it was with him) he was, detained from the public ordinances, whether by, sickness, or any other impediment which he could not, withstand, yet he would not now wholly forget God; he, would remember him even in his bed. There is a great deal more in it than men of the world are aware of; to say, O God, thou art my God, in this connection and conjunction: there is more in it in regard of excellency, and there is more in it in regard of difficulty likewise. When I remember thee upon my bed, Whenever I remember thee upon my bed, I meditate. The slayers shall be slain, and the grave shall cover them. Thomas Horton(--1673). O God, thou art my God; — Read that sentence how you will, it is unspeakably precious. "Sun and moon, and fire and hail, and snow and vapours." ... Sermon Manuscripts and Commentaries. Too mean to be fit food for the lions, the foxes shall sniff around their corpses, and the jackals shall hold carnival over their carcases. In 3 Volumes there is an explanation of the psalm from CH.Spurgeon. 1. (second clause). (Folio. | 2,388 views. Every devout soul which has loved to see God in his house will be refreshed by visions of God in the wilderness of solitude, sorrow, sickness, and death. Ver. III. Thomas Brooks. In the original language he does not repeat the word which is translated God. But, alas! 1, pp. 9. 130-4. How can I seek another man's God? ... Free Bible Commentary 399 views. and when we spy him again, he seems to advance as we advance, and when we gain upon him and get nearer, he seems to look back and frown, and tell us to retire. Ver. 11. A. R. Faussett. Jude 9:11-13. Because thou hast been. A Study by Scott Sperling Psalm 63 - From the Desert A psalm of David. Exodus 3:1-4. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? God giveth the upper and the nether springs. She asked us all to close our eyes and remember a situation in which we felt truly loved and secure. But the second word, Eli, is in itself nothing less than a separate revelation of an entire aspect of the Being of God. (first clause). If before thy conversion, especially, thou hast poisoned others by thy vain and corrupt speeches, after thy conversion thou wilt seek to season the hearts of others by a gracious, sweet, and wise communication of savoury and blessed speeches; what the Lord hath taught thee thou wilt talk of it unto others, for the sake of him whom thou lovest. (Psalms 63:1). Openly, so that thy glory shall be made known, I will tell of thy goodness. The divine power, which has so often been dwelt upon in this and the preceding Psalms, is here mentioned as the source of man's attachment to God. Praising God In Bad Times. God's mercy is better than lives. The soul overflows, Ver. Condensed from Benjamin Beddome's Sermon, "The Christian's Pursuit, " in "Short Discourses, "1809. David wrote it when his son Absalom tried to kill him. The verb hmk is used only in this place, and therefore signification of it is rather uncertain, but it will receive light from the Arabic dialect. Web Page by John Piper. My soul followeth hard after thee. When God gives us the marrow of his love, we must present to him the marrow of our hearts. I will lift up my hands in thy name. The one is objectively, by way of representation; and the other is significatively, by way of publication. 5. But when the rock of Israel, in a day of power, speaks these promises to them, they no longer reject, but cordially receive them in Christ, and gladly feast upon them. Frequently have malicious men met with a fate so dire as to be evidently the award of retributive justice. Matthew Henry. the treasury of david charles spurgeon commentary on psalms with active table of contents illustrated Oct 24, 2020 Posted By Denise Robins Ltd TEXT ID d10191f0f Online PDF Ebook Epub Library commentary on psalms with active table of contents illustrated oct 10 2020 posted by denise robins media publishing text id d10191f0f online pdf ebook epub library While we live we will love. The world is God opened, and so glorious; the church is Christ opened, and so very glorious. This Psalm is peculiarly suitable for the bed of sickness, or in any constrained absence from public worship. He assists here also. Now a short passage in the New Testament, about Mary, the sister of Martha. As it is said of his blessing, it adds no sorrow with it, nor has it any inconvenience in it, nor has it any evil attendant upon it. In a dry and thirsty land, where no water is. John Angell James. III. For the time his crown, his palace, his honours, the hearts of his people, the love of his child, whom he loved, as we know, with such passing tenderness, are forfeited. 1. Ver. He had followed hard after other things to no purpose. Heathenism, indeed, in its cultus of domestic and local deities, of its penates, of its Oeoi epicwrioi, bore witness by these superstitions to the deep yearning of the human heart for the individualizing love of a higher power. William Jay. When I remember thee upon my bed. 8. 10. The distinguishing word of this Psalm is EARLY. 1. He opens the eyes of his understanding with those of his body, and awakes each morning to righteousness. To the Chief Musician upon Shushaneduth, or the Lily of Testimony. II. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. It was the favourite Psalm of M. Schade, the famous preacher in Berlin, which he daily prayed with such earnestness and appropriation to himself, that it was impossible to hear it without emotion." David's desire toward God. Ver. And so we shall find it to be all along in Scripture, as this David in another place: "Thou art my God, and I will praise thee; thou art my Lord, I will exalt thee." There are two states and conditions in which it is very difficult to say, O God, thou art my God: the one is the state of nature and unregeneracy; and the other is the state of desertion, and the hiding of God's face from the soul. they are but dry breasts, and a miscarrying womb that will never bring forth the fruits of holiness. Thomas Le Blanc. “Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.”-Psalm 16:1. MY help. Into the pits which they digged for others they shall fall themselves. In conflict. Personal communion with God is the end of our graces; for as reason and the intercourse of it makes men sociable one with another, so the divine nature makes us sociable with God himself: and the life we live by is but an engine, a glass to bring God down to us. Henry Parry Liddon, in "Some Words for God: being Sermons preached before the University of Oxford, 1863-1865.". Long after the old times over again — for those times of heaven upon earth — those special seasons when the Lord made the vail between us and heaven to be very thin indeed, and allowed us almost to see his face. Nor did his denunciations fail to meet with a certain accuracy of fulfilment even in the battle by which his own deliverance was effected. We are not only safe, but happy in God: we rejoice as well as repose. Matthew Lawrence, in "The Use and Practice of Faith, "1657. They may reasonably found such a conclusion upon the divine goodness. PSALM 63 OVERVIEW. 2. But the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped. Love must praise God because--, 1. Matthew Henry. 3. Ver. Ver. very great books for everyone who wants to understand the psalms 10. Psalms 63 He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. Every blow aimed against the godly will recoil on the persecutor; he who smites a believer drives a nail in his own coffin. It were well if we oftener read our own diaries, especially noting the hand of the Lord in helping us in suffering, want, labour, or dilemma. As long as I live, etc. 4. By speaking well to him; by speaking well of him; of his wisdom, justice, love, grace, etc. Ver. "The love of God is shed abroad, "etc. All these they so bless him thus. Around her throne he places seven members of his body and faculties of his mind, as the seven chief angels... who stand before the Lord, that they may praise and admire her; these are his lips, his tongue, his hands, his will, his mouth, his memory, and his intellect. Web Page by John Piper. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Ver. 1-2. Ver. I will pursue. Ver. 3. Ver. (second clause). Satan did so, and once and again caused him to stumble and fall. Psalm 63 lesson by Dr. Bob Utley, retired professor of hermeneutics (Bible interpretation). Ver. The effects that result to the believer in his history and experience, from an increasing knowledge of the power and glory of God. (3-6) His dependence upon God, and assurance of safety. Sam Storms. They that know what it is to enjoy God in secret, would not leave it, or lose it, to be kings or commanders over the whole world. Psalms 71:18. And then it means all good people that make a sincere and open profession of God's name: they shall glory in God; they shall glory in David's advancement: "They that fear thee will be glad when they see me." When the bed is the softest we are most tempted to rise at lazy hours; but when comfort is gone, and the couch is hard, if we rise the earlier to seek the Lord, we have much for which to thank the wilderness. 3. Evil spirits, evil. The original is kyrxa yvkg My soul cleaves after thee. Those which for themselves men have chosen. He long waited to be gracious, and I will now wait till he is so." It is to this propensity of the jackal that David refers--himself a man of war, who had fought on many a battle field, and must have seen the carcases of the slain mangled by those nocturnal prowlers. Ver. 3. 5-6. Ver. When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Ps 36:8 65:4. So God satisfies with this consolation both our higher and lower nature. It is a very good commentary about the psalm. George Swinnock. 8. What a doom is that which David pronounces upon those who seek the soul of the righteous to destroy it: They shall be a portion for foxes; by which jackals are meant, as I suppose. My soul followeth hard after thee. Psalms 63:11. While the servants of God have claimed any interest in him, they have also exhibited duty to him. More joy, more praise. Worship: The Feast of Christian Hedonism. 6. The meditation of anything hath more sweetness in it than bare remembrance. 2. If the body of a human being were to be left on the ground, the jackals would certainly leave but little traces of it; and in the olden times of warfare, they must have held high revelry in the battle fields after the armies had retired. Ver. O God, thou art my God. His faithful followers shall have occasion for triumph; they shall never need to blush for the oath of their allegiance. Title The term wilderness rkdm, as distinguished from hdre, (a steppe) was given to a district which was not regularly cultivated and inhabited, but used for pasturage (from rbd, to drive), being generally without wood and defective in water, but not entirely destitute of vegetation. Because thy lovingkindness is better than life. Ver. Men loved to dwell upon that wondrous relation of the Creator to their personal life which is so strikingly manifested. The Church has used this as a morning song for hundreds of years. I will lift up my hands. Psalms 19:1. [~'Elohiym] is plural and [~'Eli] is singular. Hell is reserved for them. My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me. God helps his people; namely, to. This is congenial to the renewed nature. See Psalms on "Psalms 63:3" for further information. Thomas Sheppard (1605-1649), in "The Sound Believer.". The work remains in print today in several editions. Ver. They form not their verbs, as our western languages do, in the present tense, but they begin at that which is past. When Moses with the rod smote the rock twice, "the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also, "Numbers 20:11. Study Psalm using Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. In Ps 63:1-8 verses the writer expresses his holy desires after God, and his confidence in him, and then in Ps 63:9-11 remaining three verses he prophesies the overthrow of all his enemies. Ver. Ver. Even the stony pillar may mark the site of Bethel, and every spot may be hallowed ground. These, then, should often engage his study, whether he be the rich or the poor. There are Psalms proper for a wilderness; and we have reason to thank God it is the wilderness of Judah we are in, not the wilderness of Sin. By meditation. And in this Psalm public misfortunes do but force him back upon the central strength of the life of his spirit. Ver. We are famishing while we are in a state of nature, "having not the Spirit; "for while without the Spirit, we are also without Christ. 4. Ver. Contributed by Russell (Rusty) Pruitt on Jun 7, 2020. John Stott. Parkhurst, considering the "hand" to be the chief organ or instrument of man's power and operations, and properly supposing the word to be thence used very extensively by the Hebrews for power, agency, dominion, assistance, and the like, regards the lifting up of men's hands in prayer, as an emblematical acknowledging of the power, and imploring of the assistance, of their respective gods. When his subjects sing, "Io triumphe, "he will bid them chant, "Te Deum.". By, commending myself to thee, when I lie down to rest, and. My soul thirsteth for thee. Matthew Henry. If none others bless God, yet his people will; his very nature, as being the infinitely good God, is a sufficient argument for our praising him as long as we exist. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tod/psalms-63.html. Behold, I follow as near, as close, as I can; e vestigio; I would not leave any distance, but pursue thy footsteps, step by step, leaning upon thine everlasting arms, that are underneath me, and following thy manuduction. Early; in the morning, before all things, God is to be sought, otherwise he is sought in vain: as the manna, unless collected at early dawn, dissolves. But the king shall rejoice in God. God did not elect me as a helper, not create me, nor redeem me, nor convert me, by way of helping me; for he alone did all, and he had no use at all for me. Title.A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. The forty-fifth was on the lilies, and represented the kingly warrior in his beauty going forth to war; here we see him dividing the spoil and bearing testimony … ; yea, it is better than many lives put together. My soul followeth hard after thee, or is glued to thee. I should have a king's life, if I had no other thing to do than for evermore to behold and eye my fair Lord Jesus: nay, suppose I were holden out at heaven's fair entry, I should be happy for evermore, to look through a hole in the door, and see my dearest and fairest Lord's face. G. J. K. Ver. When professors follow hard after the world, they will fall into the ditch; but none are ever too eager after communion with the Lord. 7. 1. Closely. J. J. Stewart Perowne. "C.H. Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient. This was also the banquet to which the spouse of Christ was, admitted, when she said, "He brought me to the banqueting, house, and his banner over me was love." Ver. "A mighty hunter before the Lord.". But when God, the Perfect Being, loves the creature of his hand, he cannot thus divide his love. Benjamin Weiss, in a "New Translation of the Book of the Psalms, with Critical Notes, "etc. The very shade of God is sweet to a believer. Beasts were given to men for their food, but here men are given to beasts for a prey. John Piper Sep 25, 1983 126 Shares God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him Learn more about Desiring God Desiring God. Psalm 3 is another morning song. Scripture: Psalm 63. Life is to many men a doubtful good: lovingkindness is an unquestioned boon: life is but transient, mercy is everlasting: life is shared in by the lowest animals, but the lovingkindness of the Lord is the peculiar portion of the chosen. So Ps 119:55,148 1:2. A lamentable spectacle to see the vilest of all creatures ravenously feast themselves with the flesh of the noblest, and irrespectively hale and tear in pieces the caskets which whilome enclosed the richest jewel in the world. ON THURSDAY EVENING, JANUARY 18TH, 1866. He takes part with them in their sufferings, and in, all their afflictions is afflicted himself, as, sometimes he expresses it. The memory is the chest to lay up a truth, but meditation is the palate to feed upon it. O God, he cried, thou art my God. Ver. From this one word--that God hath been my help --I make account that we have both these notions; first, that God hath not left me to myself, he hath come to my succour, he hath helped me; and then, that God hath not left out myself, he hath been my help, but he hath left something for me to do with him and by his help. According to the first sense, so all the creatures bless him: "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork." The Jews, saith he, therefore killed Christ that they might not lose their country; but, indeed, they therefore lost their country because they killed Christ; because they refused the Lamb, and chose Herod the fox before him, therefore by the just retribution of the Almighty, they were allotted to the foxes for their portion. TITLE. His solitary meditations brought him more solace and comfort than the whole creation could afford him: When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches, my soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness. He says, therefore, in the third verse of this Psalm, Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee... 4. Is there any other word comparable to it for delights? A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judeah. Ver. The Hebrews were more fond of fat than we are, and their highest idea of festive provision is embodied in the two words, marrow and fatness: a soul hopeful in God and full of his favour is thus represented as feeding upon the best of the best, the dainties of a royal banquet. With what? Ver. Believers may ground an expectation of being satisfied as with marrow and fatness, on the incarnation, the humiliation, and the death of Christ. By ALEXANDER SHANKS (1731-1799), late Minister of the Associate Congregation of Jedburgh, Edinburgh, 1081.". Who among them all has not, like the Jews, been sometimes "discouraged because of the way?" As to duty; lest they should decline from it. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 63:3-6 Even in affliction we need not want matter for praise. Fresh views of the divine power and glory nourish our humility. Psalm 1 Charles Spurgeon Exposition . 1. Can angels say more? Ver. IV. 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