Psalm 119:94

 

EXPOSITION

Verse 94. I am thine, save me. A comprehensive prayer with a prevailing argument. Consecration is a good plea for preservation. If we are conscious that we are the Lord's we may be confident that he will save us. We are the Lord's by creation, election, redemption, surrender, and acceptance; and hence our firm hope and assured belief that he will save us. A man will surely save his own child: Lord, save me. The need of salvation is better seen by the Lord's people than by any others, and hence their prayer -- "save me"; they know that only God can save them, and hence they cry to him alone; and they know that no merit can be found in themselves, and hence they urge a reason fetched from the grace of God, -- "I am thine." "For I have sought thy precepts." Thus had he proved that he was the Lord's. He might not have attained to all the holiness which he desired, but he had studiously aimed at being obedient to the Lord, and hence he begged to be saved even to the end. A man may be seeking the doctrines and the promises, and yet be unrenewed in heart; but to seek the precepts is a sure sign of grace; no one ever heard of a rebel or a hypocrite seeking the precepts. The Lord had evidently wrought a great work upon the Psalmist, and he besought him to carry it on to completion. Saving is linked with seeking, "save me, for I have sought"; and when the Lord sets us seeking he will not refuse us the saving. He who seeks holiness is already saved: if we have sought the Lord we may be sure that the Lord has sought us, and will certainly save us.

 

EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS

Verse 94. -- I am thine, save me. David, a man after God's own heart, would be saved, but not after the manner of the men of this world, that would be saved to be their own and to enjoy themselves at their own will; but he in being saved would be God's, and at his disposing: "I am thine, save me."

There is a threefold strength in this argument.

  1. The law of nature, which obliges a father to be good to his child, the husband to his wife, etc., and God hath subjected himself more unto the law of nature, he lies more under it, than any of these; and doth more perfectly, fully, and gloriously fulfil this law of nature than any; there is no father like him, no friend, no husband like him. "Can a woman forget her sucking child? Yet will I not forget thee:" Isaiah 44:15 . A mother can hardly do it; nature teacheth her to have bowels, and a merciful remembrance towards her child; much, note will I, saith God.
  2. When we can say to God, "I am thine," we plead the covenant which God hath made with us, wherein he is become our father and friend: and this is that which was pleaded in Isaiah 63:16 : "Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not (because they are gone, and so have no cognizance of us now); yet thou, O Lord, art our Father, our Redeemer; thy name is from everlasting." See what a conclusion here is made; doubtless thou art our Father, and therefore we call to thee for help.
  3. There is this encouragement and strength that the spirit of, a man receives in thus arguing with God, that if he can say in truth, "I am thine," God much more will say to the creature, "I am thine." If we have so much love to offer ourselves to God, to become his; much more will the love of God make him to become ours; for God loves first, and most, and surest. If mine heart rise toward God, much more is the heart of God toward me; because there love is in the fountain. Never did a spouse speak to her husband, whom her soul loved to the highest, more willingly, and say, "I am thine," than the spirit of an upright man saith to God, "Lord, I am thine." And he loves him with a love of thankfulness. Hast thou given thyself to me, saith he, and shall I then withhold myself from thee? Hast thou, who art so great, done all this for me, and shall I stand out against thee? The gracious man will willingly acknowledge himself to be the Lord's. The saints often do this: David above twenty times comes with this acknowledgment in this psalm, and in Psalms 116:16 : "I am thy servant; I am thy servant." To say it once was not enough; he saith it again, to show the sincerity of his spirit, and to witness that his heart was fully pleased with this, that he was not his own, but the Lord's. The knowledge of our interest in God doth much further our approaches to God. When a man is once assured, and can say with a clear spirit, "I am thine," he will naturally cry, "Save me." Such a man is a man of prayer, he is much in addresses to God, and conversing with him. -- Joseph Symonds, 1653.

Verse 94. -- I am thine. This is an excellent motive to draw from the Lord help in trouble, - - "I am thine." Thine by creation, I was made by thee; thine by adoption, I was assigned over to thee; thine by donation, I was given to thee; thine by marriage, I was espoused to thee; thine by redemption, I was purchased by thee; thine by stipulation, I have vowed myself unto thee. --Richard Greenham.

Verse 94. -- For I have sought thy precepts. See here how David qualifies his protestation: from his earnest affection to l he word of God, he proves that he was God's man and not his own servant. It is not words, but affections and actions which must prove us to be the Lord's. Tuus sum, quia id solum qued tuum est quaesivi: I am thine because I sought nothing but that which is thine, and how I might please thee. Mihi in tuis justificationibus est omne poatrimonium: in the observance of thy precepts is all my patrimony. -- William Cowper.

Verse 94. --

  1. David claims relation to God: "I am thine" -- devoted to thee, and owned by thee, thine in covenant.
  2. He proves his claim: "I am thine, save me; for Y have sought thy precepts"; i.e., I have carefully enquired concerning my duty, and diligently endeavoured to do it.
  3. He Improves. His claim: "I am thine, save me." Save me from sin, save me from ruin. - -Mr. Henry.

Verse 94 --

  1. A great prayer: "Save me."
  2. A grand prayer: "I am thine."
  3. A gracious experience: "I have sought," etc.

Verse 94. --

  1. Relation: "I am thine."
  2. Preservation: "save me."
  3. Obligation: "I have sought," etc. --G.R.

Verse 94. --

  1. God's child humbly points out to him his responsibility: "I am thine."
  2. Ventures to urge his own sincerity: he has at least "sought."
  3. With these two hands extended, he utters a sharp cry for help: "save me." -- W.B.H.

Verse 94. -- Multum in parvo.

  1. A profession.
  2. A prayer.
  3. A plea. --C.A.D.

Verse 94. --

  1. God's interest in us.
  2. Our interest in God. --W.D.

Verse 94. -- The characteristics of personal religion.

  1. Personal devotedness to God: "I am thine."
  2. Personal obedience rendered: "I have sought thy precepts."
  3. Personal expectation cherished: "save me." --J.F.

Verse 94. -- The courage obedience gives.

  1. It emboldens us to a firm assurance: "I am thine, for I have," etc.
    1. We become God's by faith alone.
(b) But the assurance of being his cannot exist without
obedience; obedience proves the faith to ourselves;
satisfies us concerning grace received.
(c) Poor obedience always interferes with assurance.

  1. It emboldens us to pray, and in prayer: "Save me."
(a) The Christian's prayers are only of faith and offered
in faith.
(b) Yet disobedience makes: him shrink from approaching God
in prayer, and renders him feeble in petitioning.
(c) Obedience is humble but bold. The middle clause of the
text applies equally to the first and third clauses. --J.F.