Psalms 41

1 (40-1) <Unto the end, a psalm for David himself.> (40-2) Blessed is he that understandeth concerning the needy and the poor: the Lord will deliver him in the evil day.
2 (40-3) The Lord preserve him and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth: and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.
3 (40-4) The Lord help him on his bed of sorrow: thou hast turned all his couch in his sickness.
4 (40-5) I said: O Lord, be thou merciful to me: heal my soul, for I have sinned against thee.
5 (40-6) My enemies have spoken evils against me: when shall he die and his name perish?
6 (40-7) And if he came in to see me, he spoke vain things: his heart gathered together iniquity to itself. He went out and spoke to the same purpose.
7 (40-8) All my enemies whispered together against me: they devised evils to me.
8 (40-9) They determined against me an unjust word: shall he that sleepeth rise again no more?
9 (40-10) For even the man of my peace, in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, hath greatly supplanted me.
10 (40-11) But thou, O Lord, have mercy on me, and raise my up again: and I will requite them.
11 (40-12) By this I know, that thou hast had a good will for me: because my enemy shall not rejoice over me.
12 (40-13) But thou hast upheld me by reason of my innocence: and hast established me in thy sight for ever.
13 (40-14) Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel from eternity to eternity. So be it. So be it.

Psalms 41 Commentary

Chapter 41

God's care for his people. (1-4) The treachery of David's enemies. (5-13)

Verses 1-4 The people of God are not free from poverty, sickness, or outward affliction, but the Lord will consider their case, and send due supplies. From his Lord's example the believer learns to consider his poor and afflicted brethren. This branch of godliness is usually recompensed with temporal blessings. But nothing is so distressing to the contrite believer, as a fear or sense of the Divine displeasure, or of sin in his heart. Sin is the sickness of the soul; pardoning mercy heals it, renewing grace heals it, and for this spiritual healing we should be more earnest than for bodily health.

Verses 5-13 We complain, and justly, of the want of sincerity, and that there is scarcely any true friendship to be found among men; but the former days were no better. One particularly, in whom David had reposed great confidence, took part with his enemies. And let us not think it strange, if we receive evil from those we suppose to be friends. Have not we ourselves thus broken our words toward God? We eat of his bread daily, yet lift up the heel against him. But though we may not take pleasure in the fall of our enemies, we may take pleasure in the making vain their designs. When we can discern the Lord's favour in any mercy, personal or public, that doubles it. If the grace of God did not take constant care of us, we should not be upheld. But let us, while on earth, give heartfelt assent to those praises which the redeemed on earth and in heaven render to their God and Saviour.

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