Psalm 71:2

 

EXPOSITION

Verse 2. Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape. Be true, O God, to thy word. It is a righteous thing in thee to keep the promises which thou hast made unto thy servants. I have trusted thee, and thou wilt not be unrighteous to forget my faith. I am taken as in a net, but do thou liberate me from the malice of my persecutors.

Incline thine ear unto me, and save me. Stoop to my feebleness, and hear my faint whispers; be gracious to my infirmities, and smile upon me: I ask salvation; listen thou to my petitions, and save me. Like one wounded and left for dead by mine enemies, I need that thou bend over me and bind up my wounds. These mercies are asked on the plea of faith, and they cannot, therefore, be denied.

 

EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS

Verse 2. Deliver me in thy righteousness. Incline thine ear. Let my deliverance be the fruit of thy promise, and of my prayer; and so it will be much the sweeter. John Trapp.

Verse 2. In thy righteousness. The righteousness of God is in this place that virtue by which he makes good his promises -- revenges injuries and rewards piety -- which is elsewhere called his veracity. Upon this perfection David here calls, not because he was innocent before God, but because God had bound himself to him by promises, as if he were, in the presence of the men who were persecuting him, both innocent and righteous; and, therefore, worthy of being delivered from this last terrible calamity into which he has fallen through Absalom, since God had thus acted towards him. Hermann Venema.

Verse 2. Thy righteousness. Not mine. He knew that he was being chastened for his sin against Uriah. He pleads no merit of his own. Simon de Muis.

Verse 2. Incline thine ear. And since I am so wounded that I am not able to send up my cry to thee, the Most High, do thou incline thine ear to me as I lie half dead, left by the robbers who have wounded and spoiled me. Gerhohus.

 

HINTS FOR PASTORS AND LAYPERSONS

Verse 2. An appeal.

  1. To the power of God: Deliver me.
  2. To the faithfulness of God: In thy righteousness.
  3. To the providence of God: Cause me to escape.
  4. To the condescension of God: Incline thine ear.
  5. To the mercy of God: Save me.

Verse 2. Cause me to escape. From whom? From what? How? By what power? For what end?