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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 55:16-23

In these verses, I. David perseveres in his resolution to call upon God, being well assured that he should not seek him in vain (Ps. 55:16): ?As for me, let them take what course they please to secure themselves, let violence and strife be their guards, prayer shall be mind; this I have found comfort in, and therefore this will I abide by: I will call upon God, and commit myself to him, and the Lord shall save me;? for whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord, in a right manner, shall be... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 55:16

As for me, I will call upon God ,.... Not upon a creature, on idols and images, on angels or saints departed; but upon God, in his time of trouble, for salvation and deliverance from enemies; who is able to save. This is to be understood of calling upon God in prayer; as Psalm 55:17 explains it, and the Targum here renders it; though sometimes invocation of the name of God takes in the whole of divine worship; and the Lord shall save me ; which confidence was founded partly upon his... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 55:16

I will call upon God - He foresaw his deliverance, and the defeat of his enemies and therefore speaks confidently, "The Lord shall save me;" or, as the Targum, "The Word of the Lord shall redeem me." read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 55:16

Verse 16 16I will call upon God. In translating this verse I have retained the future tense of the verb, as the Psalmist does not refer to something already done, but rather excites himself to the duty of prayer, and to the exercise of hope and confidence. Though there was no apparent method of escape, and he stood on the brink of immediate destruction, he declares his resolution to continue in prayer, and expresses his assurance that it would be successful. In the verse which follows he... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 55:16

As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord (Jehovah) shall save me. The call is upon the God known to man by nature as the Almighty Ruler of the universe; the answer is from the covenant God of Israel, the Self-existent One, in whom Israel trusts. The two are different aspects of one and the same Being. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 55:16

Prayer. "As for me, I will call," etc. In this verse—the crisis or turning-point of the whole psalm—you see the storm-tossed vessel making for the harbour, and casting anchor in safe shelter. A sorely wounded soul, vexed and out of heart with the tumult and strife of life, the wickedness of men, longs for "A lodge in some vast wilderness, Some boundless contiguity of shade;" where, far from the sight of violence and fraud, the din of business, politics, or war, he might be alone with... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 55:16-23

In conclusion, the psalmist turns altogether to God, whom he now addresses as "Jehovah" ( Psalms 55:16 , Psalms 55:22 ), and expresses his confidence that, in answer to his continual prayers ( Psalms 55:17 ), God will come to his aid, will deliver his soul from the machinations of his enemies, and will visit them with "affliction" ( Psalms 55:19 ) and "destruction" ( Psalms 55:23 ). Still grieved chiefly by the defection of his unfaithful friend, he once more describes the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 55:16-23

Contrasts in the character and experience of the righteous and the wicked. I. CHARACTER AND EXPERIENCE OF THE RIGHTEOUS . 1 . His life is a continued exercise of prayer and faith. Calls upon God, evening, morning, and at noon. Carries all his anxieties and fears to God; casts upon him his burden ( Psalms 55:22 ). And he does all this with an assured faith ( Psalms 55:16 , Psalms 55:17 ). "And he shall hear my voice." "The Lord shall save me." 2 . He has... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 55:16

As for me, I will call upon God - That is, I have no other refuge in my troubles, yet I can go to him, and pour out all the desires of my heart before him.And the Lord shall save me - This expresses strong confidence. On the supposition that the psalm refers to the rebellion of Absalom, David was driven from his home, and his throne, and from the house of God - a poor exile, forsaken by nearly all. But his faith did not fail. He confided in God, and believed that He was able to effect his... read more

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