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G. Campbell Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible
Psalms 86

 

 

Verses 1-17

This psalm is peculiar in many ways. Its first peculiarity is that the name of God which dominates is Adonahy, or Lord, which indicates absolute Lordship, and by the use of which the singer shows his sense of submission and loyalty. The name Jehovah is used four times, thus revealing the singer’s sense of God as Helper; and the name God five times, thus revealing his consciousness of the Divine might. The supreme sense however, is that of the Divine authority.

The next matter of special note is that while the psalm is a beautiful and consecutive song, it is largely composed of quotations from other psalms, thus revealing the singer’s familiarity with them. The references in the Revised Version will enable the reader to trace these quotations.

Finally, the psalm is unique in its method of urging a petition upon the ground of some known fact. This is clearly seen if the use of the word “for” is noticed (VV. Psalms 86:1-5; Psalms 86:7; Psalms 86:10; Psalms 86:13). In the first four verse the facts are those which indicate his attitude toward God. In the first four verses the facts are those which indicate his attitude toward God. In the last four the facts are those revealing God’s attitude toward God. In the last four the facts are those revealing God’s attitude toward him. The revelation for us is that of true approach to God in times of need. This must be based upon our relation of absolute submission to Him. It must be expressed in harmony with spiritual desires as expressed by the fellowship of the faithful. It must be urged in consecration and courage.

 


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Morgan, G. Campbell. "Commentary on Psalms 86:4". "G. Campbell Morgan Exposition on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gcm/psalms-86.html. 1857-84.

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