Psalms 57:7

7 1My heart is 2steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody!

Psalms 57:7 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 57:7

My heart is fixed, O God
Firm and sure, trusting in the Lord, believing that he should be saved by him out of his troubles; see ( Psalms 101:1 ) ( Psalms 112:7 Psalms 112:8 ) . So, in a spiritual sense, a heart fixed and established, or that is firm and sure, is one that is assured of its salvation by Christ, rooted and grounded in the love of God, firmly built on the foundation, Christ, and has its affections set on him; and is unmoved, from the hope of the Gospel, and the doctrines of it, by whatsoever it meets with in the world. It may be rendered, "my heart is prepared", or "ready" F18; that is, according to some, to receive good or evil, prosperity or adversity, at the hand of God; to which sense is Jarchi's note,

``my heart is faithful with thee in the measure of judgment, and it is faithful with thee in the measure of mercy.''

That is, whether I am chastised with judgments, or followed with mercies, my heart is firm and true to God. The Targum is,

``my heart is prepared for thy law, O Lord; my heart is prepared for thy fear;''

that is, it is prepared for the worship and service of God; it is ready to every good work; it is prepared to pray unto him, and to wait for an answer, which are both from the Lord, ( Proverbs 16:1 ) ( Psalms 10:17 ) ; and particularly to sing praise unto him, as follows;

my heart is fixed;
this is repeated, to show the vehemency of his spirit, and the certainty of the thing;

I will sing and give praise;
for the salvation wrought for him, and which he was sure of; and before he had finished this psalm, or while he had composed it, did enjoy it.


F18 (Nwkn) "paratum", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus

Psalms 57:7 In-Context

5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!
6 They set a net for my steps; my soul was bowed down. They dug a pit in my way, but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah
7 My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody!
8 Awake, my glory! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn!
9 I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations.

Cross References 2

  • 1. For ver. 7-11, see Psalms 108:1-5
  • 2. Psalms 112:7
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