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Psalms 54

Garner-Howes Baptist CommentaryGarner-Howes

Verses 1-7

Psalms 54

A Prayer of Faith Psalm

This is a Psalm of David when the Ziphites told Saul where David was hiding, 1 Samuel 23:19; 1 Samuel 26:1.

Scripture v. 1-7:

Verses 1-3 are an outcry of David for God to save him (from death) for His name (His honor), as the God of Israel, and to judge him by His strength, rather than permit him to fall into the hands of Saul, Psalms 7:8; Psalms 26:1. He cried to the Elohim-God, the creating and preserving God to hear, heed, respond to the words of his mouth. He asks that God render justice to his adversaries, who were oppressing strangers, who "had not God before them," yet sought to kill him. The Ziphites, who had posed as David’s friends, had risen up to betray him, as hostile enemies, Isaiah 25:5; Psalms 120:5; Joshua 15:24; 1 Chronicles 4:16; Psalms 55:19.

Verse 4 declared that David trusted in the Elohim, sustaining God, as his helper, Proverbs 3:3-5. For He is the one who is continually with those men and angels that upheld, supported his soul life. 1 Chronicles 12:18; Psalms 118:7; Isaiah 41:10; Romans 8:31; Hebrews 1:14; Hebrews 13:6; Psalms 34:7.

Verses 5, 6 assert that the Lord will send just retribution upon David’s enemies and cut them off from efforts to dethrone him forever, according to His truthful covenant, Psalms 89:27-37; 2 Samuel 7:9-17; Luke 1:32. With firm faith in God’s promise to preserve his throne David vowed to sacrifice and freely praise the name of the Lord forever, Psalms 52:9; Psalms 92:1; Psalms 117:1.

Verse 7 relates David’s view of victory, by faith, over his present and all future enemies to his throne. In this he rejoiced for liberation over all his troubles and the just fall of his enemies, ideal objects for Christian joy, 2 Corinthians 1:10; Romans 8:37.

Bibliographical Information
Garner, Albert & Howes, J.C. "Commentary on Psalms 54". Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/ghb/psalms-54.html. 1985.
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