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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 59:8-17

David here encourages himself, in reference to the threatening power of his enemies, with a pious resolution to wait upon God and a believing expectation that he should yet praise him. I. He resolves to wait upon God (Ps. 59:9): ?Because of his strength? (either the strength of his enemies, the fear of which drove him to God, or because of God's strength, the hope of which drew him to God) ?Will I wait upon thee, with a believing dependence upon thee and confidence in thee.? It is our wisdom... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 59:16

But I will sing of thy power ,.... In creating all things out of nothing; in upholding all things in being; in the redemption of his people; in their conversion and calling; in the preservation of them to eternal happiness; in the performance of his promises to them; in the destruction of their enemies; and in their protection: yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning ; of providential mercies, which are new every morning; and of special mercy in the heart of God, in the... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 59:16

I will sing of thy power - For it was because thy hand was upon me for good, that I have thus succeeded in my enterprises. Yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy - I shall publish abroad what thou hast done; and done not for my worthiness, nor for the worthiness of the people; but for thy own mercy's sake. In the day of my trouble - When I came with small means and feeble help, and had the force and fraud of many enemies to contend with, besides the corruption and unfaithfulness of my... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 59:16

Verse 16 16But I will sing of thy power By this he does not mean merely that he would have occasion to sing at some future period, but prepares himself presently for the exercise of thanksgiving; and he proceeds to acknowledge that his deliverance would be at once an illustrious effect of Divine power, and conferred of mere grace. It may be true, that David escaped at this time from the hands of his enemies without stir, and with secrecy, through the dexterity of his wife; still, by means of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 59:1-17

It is generally agreed that the composition divides into four portions, two of them closed by the pause mark, "Selah," and the other two by a refrain. It thus consists of four strophes, the first of five verses ( 1 Samuel 19:1-5 ), and the other three of four verses each ( 1 Samuel 19:6-9 , 1 Samuel 19:10-13 , and 1 Samuel 19:14-17 ). read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 59:1-17

Waiting upon God. There are expressions in this psalm which sound harsh and cruel, and which Christians would shrink from using. But, on the other hand, there is much here that comes home to our experience, and that is helpful and comforting in the great trials of life. It is something to know that good men have suffered affliction before us—that they have been falsely accused and foully wronged, that they have felt the pangs of grief and the bitterness of disappointment, and that they... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 59:14-17

David here turns back from the future fate of his enemies to their present condition,and repeats Psalms 59:7 verbatim. He thus reminds himself of his existing danger; he is still being sought—they are still in quest of their prey, and will continue so till morning comes ( Psalms 59:15 ). But in the morning he will be gone—he will have escaped them. Upon this thought occurring, he raises a renewed thanksgiving to God ( Psalms 59:16 , Psalms 59:17 ) read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 59:16

But I will sing of thy power; rather, of thy strength —the same word as that used in Psalms 59:9 and Psalms 59:17 . Yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning. When the morning came, David had escaped ( 1 Samuel 19:12 ), and could "sing of God's mercy" securely at Ramah, where he had joined Samuel. For thou hast been my Defense and Refuge in the day of my trouble; or, my High Tower, as in Psalms 59:9 and Psalms 59:17 . read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 59:16

But I will sing of thy power - That is, I will praise thee for the manifestation of thy power in rescuing me from danger.Yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning - When the light dawns; when these troubles are over; when the night of calamity shall have passed by. There is an allusion here, probably, to the fact that they encompassed the place of his abode at night Psalms 59:6, Psalms 59:14; but there is also the implied idea that that night was emblematic of sorrow and distress. The... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Psalms 59:1-17

Psalms 59:0 Wild dogsAt the time of writing this psalm, David had not yet fled to Gath and Adullam. He was still at Saul’s court, but his repeated military successes stirred up Saul’s jealousy, resulting in another attempt by Saul to spear him (1 Samuel 19:1-10). David escaped to the safety of his own house. Saul then laid a plot to murder him at his home, and David escaped only narrowly (1 Samuel 19:11-17). This psalm concerns the attempt on David’s life at his house.The psalm opens with a... read more

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