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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2024
the Week of Proper 11 / Ordinary 16
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Bible Commentaries
Psalms 60

Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the BibleKretzmann's Commentary

Verses 1-12

Cheth. True Piety the Calling of the Believers.

v. 57. Thou art my Portion, O Lord; I have said that I would keep Thy words. To realize at all times that God is his Portion, his Inheritance, and that for that reason he intends to observe the words of the Lord, this is the calling of the faithful, in this everyone who is a child of God fulfils his destiny.

v. 58. I entreated Thy favor, literally, "I appealed with supplications to Thy face," with my whole heart, begging for a manifestation of divine grace; be merciful unto me according to Thy word, the believer once more holding the Lord to His promise.

v. 59. I thought on my ways, carefully examining them from all sides to see whether they were in agreement with God's Word, and turned my feet unto Thy testimonies, deciding quickly in favor of following the Word of God all alone.

v. 60. I made haste, for the Lord delights in quick decisions in His favor, and delayed not to keep Thy commandments, always ready to exercise his piety in good works.

v. 61. The bands of the wicked have robbed me, rather, "the cords of the wicked have surrounded me," that is, they have laid their snares for him as they do for all children of God who show that their profession of godliness is sincere; but I have not forgotten Thy Law; in fact, the remembrance of the Word of God gives to the believer his wonderful strength.

v. 62. At midnight, as he meditates upon the wonderful manifestations of God's favor, I will rise to give thanks unto Thee because of Thy righteous judgments, to acknowledge with proper gratitude the judgments of God's righteousness.

v. 63. I am a companion of all them that fear Thee, whose piety causes them to seek companionship of people of their own way of thinking, and of them that keep Thy precepts. All believers are united by their common faith, in a common cause.

v. 64. The earth, O Lord, is full of Thy mercy, the evidences of His merciful blessings are everywhere to be found; teach me Thy statutes; for only the proper appreciation of the Word of God as the highest treasure given by God will cause one to realize the incomparable greatness of His mercy. All Christians are eager to possess the light, the consolation, and the strength of the Word of God.

Bibliographical Information
Kretzmann, Paul E. Ph. D., D. D. "Commentary on Psalms 60". "Kretzmann's Popular Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/kpc/psalms-60.html. 1921-23.
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