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Bible Commentaries

Chuck Smith Bible Commentary

Psalms 70

Verses 1-5

Psalms 70:1-5

The seventieth psalm:

Make haste, O God, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O LORD ( Psalms 70:1 ).

I can identify with that prayer. God seems to move so slowly at times when I am in trouble and I want God to hurry. Make haste, O God, to help me.

Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul: let them be turned backward, and put to confusion, that desire my hurt. Let them be turned back for a reward of their shame that say, Aha, aha ( Psalms 70:2-3 ).

Now, there is something real mean and dirty about that. I don't know what it is, but all the way through the Bible where the phrase, "Aha, aha," is used, it is always in a very derogatory sense. It is just really about the meanest thing you could have said, you know, "Aha, aha." Now I have had them say, "Aha," to me before, you know, and it doesn't feel good. But it is more or less like, "I told you so. Look what has happened. Aha, aha." Sort of gloating over the problems that you are facing.

Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified ( Psalms 70:4 ).

That's a phrase that we should be using more. We say, "Praise the Lord," and all, but there is a phrase that should be on the lips of God's people, those that love His salvation. Let them say continually, "Let God be magnified." Now you should add that to your spiritual jargon list. Let God be magnified. Let's say it, "Let God be magnified." All right, that sounds good.

But I am poor and needy; make haste unto me, O God: thou art my help and my deliverer; O LORD, make no tarrying ( Psalms 70:5 ).

So he begins the psalm with, "Hurry up, God." And he ends it with, "Hurry up God, don't tarry. Let's get on with the help for me."

Oh, let God be magnified in the lives of His people through the week. Let's stand. May the Lord enrich you in all good things in Christ Jesus. May He fill you with the knowledge of His love and His grace. And may you walk in fellowship with Him through the week. And may the Lord continue His work in your life as He draws you unto Himself, as He cleanses you through His Word. As He fits you and prepares you for that work that He would have you to do in touching the needy world around you. God bless you. And God strengthen you and keep you ever in His love and in His will. In Jesus' name. "

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Smith, Charles Ward. "Commentary on Psalms 70". "Chuck Smith Bible Commentary". 2014.