Psalm 55

Psalm 55

  1. Of the two ways of meeting trouble mentioned in verses in verses 6, 7 and 22, respectively, which is the better? What other verses show that the psalmist is turning to God for help, rather than seeking to escape from the scene of his distress?
  2. What was the bitterest element in the psalmist’s grief? See verses 12-14, 21, and cf. 2 Sam. 15:31; John 13:21. Observe, however, however, the difference between David’s cry in verse 15, and our Lord’s word concerning Judas (Mark 14:21).

Notes

  1. Verses 9-11. Violence, strife, iniquity, wickedness, oppression, fraud, seem to be personified as walking on the walls and in the streets of the city.
  2. Verse 22. ‘Your cares’: the Hebrew word translated ‘cares’ means literally ‘what he has given you’. The thought seems to be, ‘Take back to God, and cast on him the burdens he has laid on you, and he will sustain you under it. For he has given them to you to bring you to himself.’ Cf. Ps. 107:23-30.