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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 3:4-8

David, having stirred up himself by the irritations of his enemies to take hold on God as his God, and so gained comfort in looking upward when, if he looked round about him, nothing appeared but what was discouraging, here looks back with pleasing reflections upon the benefit he had derived from trusting in God and looks forward with pleasing expectations of a very bright and happy issue to which the dark dispensation he was now under would shortly be brought. I. See with what comfort he... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 3:7

Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God ,.... God sometimes, in the apprehension of his people, seems to be as if he was asleep: when he does not appear to them and for them, and does not exert his power on their behalf, then they call to him to awake and arise; see Psalm 44:23 ; and it may be some respect is had to the words of Moses when the ark set forward, Numbers 10:35 ; and it may be observed, that though David enjoyed so much peace and tranquillity of mind, and was in such high spirits... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 3:7

Arise, O Lord - Though he knew that God had undertaken his defense, yet he knew that his continued protection depended on his continual prayer and faith. God never ceases to help as long as we pray. When our hands hang down, and we restrain prayer before him, we may then justly fear that our enemies will prevail. Those blast smitten - That is, Thou wilt smite. He speaks in full confidence of God's interference; and knows as surely that he shall have the victory, as if he had it already.... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 3:7

Verse 7 7Arise, O Lord. As in the former verses David boasted of his quiet state, it would now appear he desires of the Lord to be preserved in safety during the whole of his life; as if he had said, Lord, since thou hast overthrown my enemies, grant that this thy goodness may follow me, and be continued even to the end of my course. But because it is no uncommon thing for David, in the Psalms, to mingle together various affections, it seems more probable, that, after having made mention of his... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 3:1-8

The composition is made up of three parts—a strophe, an antistrophe, and an epode, each terminated by the word selah. Some critics, however, make out four parts, by dividing the epode. But the absence of the word selah at the close of 2 Samuel 18:7 is against this. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 3:1-8

A morning song in perilous times. In this case, as in others, the words which in our version form the title of the psalm are in the Hebrew its first verse. And they enable us, with less than the usual uncertainty, to fix on the historic occasion on which it was written. This is one of those psalms which come under those in the first division of the introductory homily. It is an historical psalm, and as such it must be studied and estimated, £ As an illustration of the way in which... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 3:1-8

David's dependence on God. This psalm written by David at the time of Absalom's revolt, reminds one of the poet's lines— "Most wretehed men Are cradled into poetry by wrong; They learn in suffering what they teach in song. I. A COURSE OF AGGRAVATED TROUBLE AND DANGER . 1 . Caused by a tenderly beloved son. And yet David never mentions him; a sign how deeply he was wounded. The silence tells more than speech would do. 2. Not only his throne , but his life ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 3:7

Arise, O Lord (comp. Numbers 10:35 ; Psalms 7:6 ; Psalms 9:19 ; Psalms 10:12 ; Psalms 17:13 ; Psalms 68:1 ). This call is generally made when God's forbearance towards his enemies is thought to have been excessive, and his tolerance of sinners too great. Save me, O my God . David was in imminent danger. "All Israel" had come against him ( 2 Samuel 16:15 ). He was short of supplies ( 2 Samuel 17:29 ). He was doubtful how God was disposed towards him ( 2 Samuel 15:25 , 2... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 3:1-8

:TitleA Psalm of David - literally, belonging to David; that is, belonging to him as the author. This is marked in the Hebrew as the first verse, and so in the Syriac version, the Latin Vulgate, and the Septuagint, making in the Hebrew, and in each of these versions, nine verses in the psalm instead of eight, as in our translation. This may have been prefixed to the psalm by the author himself, for it was not uncommon in ancient times for an author to prefix his name to his own composition, as... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 3:7

Arise, O Lord - This is a common mode of calling upon God in the Scriptures, as if he had been sitting still, or had been inactive. It is, of course, language taken from human conceptions, for in the intervals of active effort, in labor or in battle, we sit or lie down, and when we engage in toil we arise from our sitting or recumbent posture. So the mind accustoms itself to think of God. The idea is simply that David now calls upon God to interpose in his behalf and to deliver him.Save me, O... read more

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