Psalm 13:4

 

EXPOSITION

Verse 4. Another plea is urged in the fourth verse, and it is one which the tried believer may handle well when on his knees. We make use of our arch enemy for once, and compel him, like Samson, to grind in our mill while we use his cruel arrogance as an argument in prayer. It is not the Lord's will that the great enemy of our souls should overcome his children. This would dishonour God, and cause the evil one to boast. It is well for us that our salvation and God's honour are so intimately connected, that they stand or fall together.

Our covenant God will complete the confusion of all our enemies, and if for awhile we become their scoff and jest, the day is coming when the shame will change sides, and the contempt shall be poured on those to whom it is due.

 

EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS

Verse 2,4. How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? See Psalms on "Psalms 11:2" for further information.

Verse 4.

Ah! can you bear contempt; the venomed tongue Of those whom ruin pleases, the keen sneer, The lewd reproaches of the rascal herd; Who for the selfsame actions, if successful, Would be as grossly lavish in your praise? To sum up all in one -- can you support The scornful glances, the malignant joy, Or more, detested pity of a rival -- Of a triumphant rival? James Thomson, 1700-1748.

Verse 4. And those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved -- compose comedies out of my tragedies. John Trapp.

 

HINTS FOR PASTORS AND LAYPERSONS

Verse 4. Note the nature of the wicked two ways; namely, the more they prevail the more insolent they are; they wonderfully exult over those that are afflicted. T. Wilcocks.