Psalm 45:6

“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness;” (Psalm 45:6) This is one of the Royal Psalms; a psalm to the king of Israel. There are many of these Royal Psalms in the books of Psalms. The position of king in Israel was closely related […]

Psalm 44:26

“Rise up; come to our help! Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love!” (Psalm 44:26) This verse is at the end of a psalm in which the writer feels that his people have been rejected for no good cause. The psalmist finds no good reason for God to have rejected and disgraced the […]

Psalm 43:5

“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.” (Psalm 43:5) In songs of lament, there is this element of sorrow or pain being expressed by the psalmist. Sometimes it is very clear why […]

Commentary on Psalm 42:2

“My soul thirst for God, for the living God…” (Psalm 42:2) Imagine being so thirsty for water that you can think of nothing else. This is the view of the Psalmist. In the first verse, he describes himself as panting. This is a desperate need for the water of life. The water that Jesus said […]

Psalm 41

“Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him.” (Psalm 41:1) It is amazing considering our behavior how often a reference is made in the Scriptures about God’s concern for the poor. Of all the things God imposes on His children, nothing compares with His constant and […]

Psalm 40

“I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” (Psalm 40:8) David was a man after God’s own heart. From our point of view that is a puzzle because David is portrayed making so many really bad mistakes. He is guilty of sins that repel most Christians and we […]

Psalm 39

“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.” (Psalm 39:7) Interesting question; more interesting answer. The writer lived in tumultuous times filled with perils on every horizon. Many of his psalms speak of enemies and foes both from without and within. He continually saw himself as in trouble with […]

Psalm 38

“I confess my iniquity; I am sorry for my sin.” (Psalm 38:18) This psalm is from David and appears to be his lament that God has somehow forsaken him. In the midst of turmoil, beset by enemies, David feels a need for the merciful presence of God. He recognizes that the problem is not God […]

Psalms 37

“Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked.” (Psalms 37:16) This is an answer of sorts to the question of why evil people seem to prosper, and the righteous don’t. The question has bothered a lot of righteous people. Evil people are happy in their abundance if they have […]

Psalms 36

“For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.” (Psalms 36:9) The fountain of life is no doubt the same as the living water which Jesus offered to the woman at the well. Jesus called it the “…spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14b) To begin […]