Verse 17. The troubles of my heart are enlarged. When trouble penetrates the heart it is trouble indeed. In the case before us, the heart was swollen with grief like a lake surcharged with water by enormous floods; this is used as an argument for deliverance, and it is a potent one. When the darkest hour of the night arrives we may expect the dawn; when the sea is at its lowest ebb the tide must surely turn; and when our troubles are enlarged to the greatest degree, then we may hopefully pray, O bring thou me out of my distresses.
EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS
Verse 17. The troubles of my heart are enlarged. Let no good man be surprised that his affliction is great, and to him of an unaccountable character. It has always been so with God's people. The road to heaven is soaked with the tears and blood of the saints. William S. Plumer.
Verse 17. O bring thou me out of my distresses. We may not complain of God, but we may complain to God. With submission to his holy will we may earnestly cry for help and deliverance. William S. Plumer.
HINTS FOR PASTORS AND LAYPERSONS
Verse 16-18. David is a petitioner as well as a sufferer; and those sorrows will never injure us that bring us near to God. Three things he prays for: --
- Deliverance. This we are called to desire, consistently with resignation to the divine will.
- Notice. A kind look from God is desirable at any time in any circumstances; but in affliction and pain, it is like life from the dead.
- Pardon. Trials are apt to revive a sense of guilt. William Jay.
Verse 17. Special seasons of trouble and special resort to prayer for special deliverance.