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Bible Commentaries

G. Campbell Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible

Psalms 13

Verses 1-6

This little psalm is very full of beauty as it traces the way by which many a tried and , tempest-tossed soul has found consolation and strength. First of all, there is the cry almost of despair. Foes are oppressing the men of faith. There seems to be no succor even from Jehovah. Yet carefully note that his faith in Jehovah, who is God, abides. He is able to help. To Him then he cries.

This is a lesson of profound value. If the heart be overburdened and Jehovah seems to hide His face, let the story of woe be told to Him. It is a holy exercise. Men may not understand it. They may even charge us with failing faith; when, as a matter of fact, while all other anchorage crumbles in the storm, faith fastens itself more surely on the Rock. How does the psalm end? With a song of triumph. Yet it is a song of faith, for deliverance is not yet realized. How, then, does the song emerge from the wail? Carefully examine the words:

But I have trusted in Thy mercy; My heart shall rejoice in Thy salvation.

That backward look has served to remind the troubled heart of deliverances and a new confidence is born of the memory which utters itself in a song. It is good to "forget the things behind" if memory of them would hinder present consecration. It is also good to remember all the way Jehovah has led us when the day was dark with fear.

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Morgan, G. Campbell. "Commentary on Psalms 13". "G. Campbell Morgan Exposition on the Bible". 1857-84.