The psalm is a prayer for help. But it is a consolation far surpassing this, to know when men vaunt themselves over us wrongfully, that we are standing in the view of God and of the angels. Moreover, he calls him the God of his righteousness, which is the same thing as if he had called him the vindicator of his right; (50) and he appeals to God, because all men everywhere condemned him, and his innocence was borne down by the slanderous reports of his enemies and the perverse judgments of the common people. But on the Third Sunday of Easter, it has a special job to do. No entry exists in Forerunner Commentary for Psalms 4:1. Genitive of relation or object. With stringed instruments. This Psalm is, for the matter or substance of it, much like the former, and seems to have been made upon the same or some other like occasion, when he was distressed either by Absalom, or by Saul, or by some other great and powerful enemies. “Answer me … be gracious to me … hear my prayer” says the psalmist (v. 1). He tried to kill David because he wanted to become king. Apparently some in the community were spreading lies about him, ruining his reputation. The Septuagint read the word which we have rendered in our translation 'chief Musician Lamenetz, instead of Lamenetzoth; the meaning of which is unto the end. On other parts of title, see Introduction., The historical occasion was probably the same as that of the foregoing [see on Ps 3:1]. We rather understand the psalms thus inscribed to refer to Christ, who is the end of the law, and the great Conqueror of death and hell; and to the New Testament. Ð°ÐºÐ¾Ð½Ð½Ð¸ÐºÐ¾Ð² — Ð´Ð°Ñ Ð±Ð¾Ð¶ÐµÑÑÐ²ÐµÐ½Ð½Ð¾Ð¹ Ð±Ð»Ð°Ð³Ð¾Ð´Ð°ÑÐ¸. ", Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness, Hear me when I call, O God of my riqhteousness, Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress. We therefore speak no better to men, because no more to God. Before I enter upon the Psalm itself I would beg the Reader's attention to the title of it. 1675. God is a never-failing comforter. Thou hast, that is, thou wilt enlarge me who am now in distress. (a) Among those who were appointed to sing the psalms and to play on instruments, one was appointed chief to set the tune, and to begin: who had the charge because he was most excellent and he began this psalm on the instrument called Neginoth or in a tune so called. Have mercy upon me; thou mayst justly destroy me for my many and great sins, and therefore I flee from thy justice to thy mercy, on which all my hopes are grounded. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer. This was prophetically spoken. The versions vary extremely with respect to it. A Psalm of David. He can say that Christ has been made to him righteousness, that we have been ‘made the righteousness of God in Him’ (1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21). To the chief Musician on Neginoth. In Psalms 4:2 he expostulates with his enemies, and continues to address them to the end of Psalms 4:5 . It may, however, be asked by way of objection, Since all the purity of men is mere pollution in the sight of God, how can the godly dare to bring forward their own righteousness before him? Commentary on Psalms - Volume 1 by John Calvin. Psalm 4 makes a good preaching text any time of year because it offers wisdom and imparts faith. The manna shall fall every morning until we cross the Jordan. Book One The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked - Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. This document has been generated from XSL (Extensible Stylesheet Langua ge) source with RenderX XEP Formatter, version 3.7.3 Client Academic. Is not this holy cry to God founded on the plea of him and his merit, who is truly called the Lord our righteousness; and who is made of God to his people, both wisdom and righteousness, sanctification and redemption? Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Psalm 15 INTRODUCTION: This psalm addresses a question that concerns all religious people. 2 O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? But I don’t think it does. 1.O God of my righteousness—The author and judge of my righteousness. If the prayer be thus read with an eye to Jesus, it becomes a blessed argument indeed. 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