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Bible Commentaries

Dr. Constable's Expository Notes

Psalms 123

Verses 1-2

1. Dependence on God 123:1-2

The writer looked up to the Sovereign of the universe and prayed for Him to send deliverance from His heavenly throne. He took a humble posture in making his request, comparing himself to a servant who can only wait for his master to act.

Verses 1-4

Psalms 123

The composer of this psalm voiced dependence on the Lord and petitioned Him for grace, since Israel’s enemies ridiculed her for her trust in Yahweh. It is a combination of individual and community lament.

Verses 3-4

2. Desire for grace 123:3-4

The Israelites needed more grace because their pagan neighbors, who were leading comfortable lives, were ridiculing them for their trust in Yahweh.

It is appropriate to request additional divine enablement to bear the criticism and mocking of unbelievers who ridicule faith in God. However, we should maintain a realistic attitude of dependence on God as we petition Him and wait for Him to grant our request.

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Constable, Thomas. DD. "Commentary on Psalms 123". "Dr. Constable's Expository Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/dcc/psalms-123.html. 2012.