Psalm 20:8

 

EXPOSITION

Verse 8. How different the end of those whose trusts are different! The enemies of God are uppermost at first, but they ere long are brought down by force, or else fall of their own accord. Their foundation is rotten, and therefore when the time comes it gives way under them; their chariots are burned in the fire, and their horses die of pestilence, and where is their boasted strength? As for those who rest on Jehovah, they are often cast down at the first onset, but an Almighty arm uplifts them, and they joyfully stand upright. The victory of Jesus is the inheritance of his people. The world, death, Satan, and sin, shall all be trampled beneath the feet of the champions of faith; while those who rely upon an arm of flesh shall be ashamed and confounded for ever.

 

EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS

Verse 8. They are brought down, from their horses and chariots in which they trusted. Hebrew: they bowed down, as being unable to stand longer because of their mortal wounds. Compare Judges 5:27 . "Stand upright." Standing firmly upon our legs, and keeping the field, as conquerors use to do. Matthew Poole.

 

HINTS FOR PASTORS AND LAYPERSONS

Verse 8. Tables turned.