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G. Campbell Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible
Psalms 17



Verses 1-15

This psalm is generally conceded to be closely linked with the preceding one. There is an evident similarity of outlook. In each case the singer declares his abstention from complicity with ungodly men. In both psalms God is appealed to, and the final hope of the soul is for fuller communion with Him. Yet, of course, the chief impression of comparison is the contrast. In the former, peril is referred to incidentally. Here, it is described and is the occasion of the outpouring of the soul.

The two exercises of priesthood are exemplified in the psalms. In the first the sacrifices of praise are offered. In this the petitions of need are presented. First, the ground of appeal is the singer's uprightness of heart, and speech, and action. It then moves into another and higher realm, the singer's confidence in God. He is known to be One who saves the trusting. The consciousness of His tenderness appears in the expressions used:

Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me under the shadow of Thy wings.

After a description of the immediate peril the singer again appeals for help, and the song ends with the expression of assured blessing and the declaration of the one and only full satisfaction.


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Morgan, G. Campbell. "Commentary on Psalms 17:4". "G. Campbell Morgan Exposition on the Bible". 1857-84.

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Tuesday, October 27th, 2020
the Week of Proper 25 / Ordinary 30
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