1. A confession before God (vs.1-2)
2. An address to his enemies (vs. 3-4)
3. A talk with himself (vs. 5-7)
4. An admonishment to others (vs. 8-10)
5. A reverence for God (vs.11-12)
1. What do we learn about ourselves from this Psalm?
2. What do we learn about God in this Psalm?
3. Is there a lesson for you in this Psalm?
4. What choices does the Psalmist make in this Psalm?
Quotes from “The Treasury of David” C.H. Spurgeon
Ver. 1. “Truly my soul waiteth upon God, etc. In the use of means, for answers of prayer, for performance of promises, and for deliverance from enemies, and out of every trouble: or, is silent, as the Targum; not as to prayer, but as to murmuring; patiently and quietly waiting for salvation until the Lord’s time come to give it; being subject to him, as the Septuagint, Vulgate, Latin, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions; resigned to his will, and patient under his afflicting hand: it denotes a quiet, patient waiting on the Lord, and not merely bodily exercise in outward ordinances; but an inward frame of spirit, a soul waiting on the Lord, and that in truth and reality, in opposition to mere form and show.” (John Gill)
Ver. 1. “Waiteth. Waiting is nothing else but hope and trust lengthened.” (John Trapp)
Ver. 6-7. “Twice in this Psalm hath he repeated this, in the second and in the sixth verses, He is my rock and my salvation, and my defence, and (as it is enlarged in the seventh verse) my refuge and my glory. If my defence, what temptation shall wound me? If my rock, what storm shall shake me? If my salvation, what melancholy shall defeat me? If my glory, what calumny shall defame me?” (John Dunne)
Quote from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:
Ver. 8 “To converse with God: Pour out your heart before him. The expression seems to allude to the pouring out of the drink-offerings before the Lord. When we make a penitent confession of sin our hearts are therein poured out before God, 1Sa 7:6. But here it is meant of prayer, which, if it be as it should be, is the pouring out of the heart before God. We must lay our grievances before him, offer up our desires to him with all humble freedom, and then entirely refer ourselves to his disposal, patiently submitting our wills to his: this is pouring out our hearts.”