"Royal" means "as a king", and in these psalms it is God that is the king. Ver. 3. Eyring, in his "Life of Ernest the Pious" (Duke of Saxe Gotha), relates that he sent an unfaithful minister a copy of Psalms 101:1-8, and that it became a proverb in the country when an official had done anything wrong: He will certainly soon receive the prince's psalm to read. It is doubtful, however, whether this passage expresses anything more than the promptness and zeal which a righteous judge exercises in the discharge of his duty. There are nine wills and five shalls. Pride will sit and show itself in the eyes as soon as anywhere. There are servants who from the authority of a natural conscience, are kept from railing and reviling language, when reproved by their masters, and shall not grace keep pace with nature? 2. â€”O when wilt thou come unto me? Honourable offices involve serious responsibilities; to trifle with them will bring our own souls into guilt, and injure beyond calculation the souls of others. 99 $9.99 $9.99. The sweet work that is resolved upon is to "sing. But witat art thou within doors? I suppose it to have been written by David just when he assumed the throne, when he was about to become king over all Israel and Judah. 2. Ver. A bird may light upon a man's house; but he may choose whether she shall nestle or breed there, or no: and the devil or his instruments may represent a wicked object to a man's sight; but he may choose whether he will entertain or embrace it or no. In a climate like that of Palestine, such a custom would be natural and convenient. We must have a perfect heart at home, or we cannot keep a perfect way abroad. 2 Psalm 101 A Psalm of David TITLE. Chapter 101. The manner of expression imports a humble resolution; I cannot sing of merit; but I will sing of mercy, and through mercy I will sing of mercy. David says, “Whosoever privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off.”. 6. Is there a child of God that can look into the varied record of his heart or of his outward history, and not see goodness and severity, severity and goodness, tracking him all his journey through? This is just such a psalm as the man after God's own heart would compose when he was about to become king in Israel. Charles H. Spurgeon, John Calvin, Matthew Henry. 171. The different conditions of the righteous man in this life. Notes: 1 Robert Alter The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary (New York: W.W. Norton, 2007), 503. I suppose that is what diplomatists in David’s day generally did, but David resolved that he would have none of that sort of folk about him: “I hate the work of them that turn aside.”, “If I touch it, I will not let it stick to me. 2. In the course of our family history crooked things will turn up, for we are all imperfect, and some of those around us are far from being what they should be; it must, therefore, be one great object of our care to disentangle ourselves, to keep clear of transgression, and of all that comes of it: this cannot be done unless the Lord both comes to us, and abides with us evermore. a. I will sing of mercy and justice: David sang this song exalting the mercy and justice of God. 4. He is a bad husband that hath money to spend among company abroad, but none to lay in provisions to keep his family at home. 98. Mercy and judgment. The perverse; the evil-doers; the slanderers, and the proud found no fellowship with him. Ver. â€”an ejaculation, but not an interruption. To be holy is to be wise; a perfect way is a wise way. Hooper, John, An Exposition of the Sixty-Second Psalm, Writings of Dr. John Hooper, vol. 16-20, there is an Exposition of this Psalm. Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, etc. Oh, you who are troubled, and bow your head in grief, say, “I will sing of mercy and judgment.” Mix the two together. 6. â€”He that walketh it, a perfect way, he shall serve me. â€”John Calvin. Oh, that all who profess and call themselves Christians would act according to the tenor of this straight Psalm, which is like a line drawn by the hand of God, without a crook or a turn in it! Jason Byassee. Few so impudent as to come naked into the streets: if men have anything to cover their haughtiness they will put it on when they come abroad. Three different times have been fixed upon as respectively giving occasion for the solemn resolutions which are announced in it. Those who are not faithful to God will not be likely to be faithful to men; if we are faithful ourselves, we shall not care to have those about us who cannot speak the truth or fulfil their promises; we shall not be satisfied until all the members of our family are upright in character. He was warmly against it; he did not view it with indifference, but with utter scorn and abhorrence. Psalm 22:29 Life's Need and Maintenance. A king had need be both sage and pure, and, if he be not so in intent, when he comes to the throne, his after conduct will be a sad example to his people. â€”William Walford. INTRODUCTION 1. 2. 290-328. Ver. 3. To give one's neighbour a stab in the dark is one of the most atrocious of crimes, and cannot be too heartily reprobated, yet such as are guilty of it often find patronage in high places, and are considered to be men of penetration, trusty ones who have a keen eye, and take care to keep their lords well posted up. The first is supposed to be when David, immediately after the death of Saul, succeeded to the government of a part of the kingdom; the second, when the whole kingdom was united under the dominion of David; and the third, when he removed the ark from the house of Obededom to Zion, and placed it in the vicinity of his own abode. In the one hundredth Psalm, he had exhorted other people to sing, now, in the hundred and first, he declares what he will himself do: “I will sing” —. He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. I will sing. This will never do. The Treasury of David is the most exhaustive commentary on the book of Psalms available, written by C. H. Spurgeon and commonly regarded as his magnum opus. Whose privily slandereth his neighbor, him will I cut off. Our first duties are those within our own abode. His one duty and privilege in reference to them: "I will sing, "etc. These short commentaries are based on Level A EasyEnglish (about 1200 word vocabulary) by Gordon Churchyard. O how love I thy law I it is my meditation all the day. If we could have a race of men, — and for the matter of that, of women, too, — with no tongues, it might be of advantage, for there are some who use their tongues for very sorry purposes. Read Psalm 101:4 commentary using The Treasury of David. 54. It would mightily accelerate the coming of the time when every nation shall be Christ's possession, and every capital a "City of the Lord", if all magistrates could be persuaded to dress themselves by it every time they go forth to perform the functions of their godlike office. The manner of the expression imports a firm, fixed, and constant resolution; so the redoubling of it seems to import; "I will sing, I will sing." I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. With dependence upon divine strength for their fulfilment. The word hath a great deal of elegancy and emphasis in it; I will sing of mercy, I will sing of judgment; O, I will sing, O Lord, I will sing; and I will sing unto thee. 2011. Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient. A complete set of The Treasury of David in book form is available from Pilgrim Publications, PO Box 66, Pasadena, TX 77501. This song of the sweet singer of Israel is peculiar to earth; they do not sing of judgment in heaven, for there is no sin there; they do not sing of mercy in hell, for there is no propitiation for sin there. London 1622". The test proposed: "Within my house, "where I am most myself and am best known. The psalmist declareth his resolution to undertake the difficult task of eradicating them for the benefit of his people, that Israelites might not be harassed by informers, or repressed by insolent and rapacious ministers. David longed for a more special and effectual visitation from the Lord before he began his reign. Bibliography InformationSpurgeon, Charles H. "Commentary on Psalms 101:4". I will sing of mercy and judgment. Psalm 13. David had zealously watched his steps and put a check upon his conduct,—he had refrained his feet. I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes. The sight of wickedness is to be avoided: "I will set no wicked thing, "etc. Ver. 4. Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land. O when wilt thou come unto me? In timing, :arranging, and balancing duties. But it was its first leap into life that has carried it so far into the future. TITLE. I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes — Namely, to look upon it with approbation, or design to practise, countenance, or tolerate it. As the kingdom of David was only a faint image of the kingdom of Christ, we ought to set Christ before our view; who, although he may bear with many hypocrites, yet as he will be the judge of the world, will at length call them all to on account, and separate the sheep from the goats. The original hath it, if we will render it word for word, "I will set no word of Belial before mine eyes." I will behave myself wisely. Psalm 17. 5-10. Whole Psalm., Psalms 101:1-8 was one beloved by the noblest of Russian princes, Vladimir Monomachos; and by the gentlest of English reformers, Nicholas Ridley. When shall I attain it? If all slanderers were now cut off, and all the proud banished, it is to be feared that the next census would declare a very sensible diminution of the population. It is like a cloud of rain that cometh in the time of drought. He that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me. Do not men say that an ambassador is a gentleman who is paid to live abroad, and to lie for the benefit of his country? Jesus reserves his scourge of small cords for sinners inside the temple. Much, though not all of the power of godliness, lies within doors. I have heard of a prince of Saxe Gotha, years ago, who, whenever he thought that one of his ministers or judges was not what he ought to be, used always to send him the hundred and first Psalm to read. â€”George Hakewill. 3. 5. Its duty, excellence, influence, sphere, and reward. We must commence by noticing the connection, that we may arrive at the first meaning of the words. The psalmist forsakes the minor key, which was soon to rule him in the one hundred and second psalm, and resolves that, come what may, he will sing, and sing to the Lord too, whatever others might do. â€”Andrew Combe, in "The Principles of Physiology", 1836. Study the bible online using commentary on Psalm 101:4 and more! 2 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. 1300 A SERMON DELIVERED ON LORD’S-DAY MORNING, JUNE 18TH, 1876, BY C. H. SPURGEON, AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON. The seasonablehess of mercy is a ground of singingâ€” grace to help in time of need. DEVOTIONALS ON PSALMS by C H Spurgeon Morning and Evening Click to go to Part 1 — Psalms 4:2-62:8. â€”George Hakewill. He feels the need not merely of divine help, but also of the divine presence, that so he may be instructed, and sanctified, and made fit for the discharge of his high vocation. "King David's Vow for Reformation of Himselfe, his Family, his Kingdome. Psalm 101 is penned by King David. 1865-1885, Finding the new version too difficult to understand? Ver. I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students: Commenting and Commentaries)Rosscup adds: This is one of the more thorough older exegetical … The qualities extolled here find an echo in Isaiah 11:1-5 which are a prophetic portrait of Messiah Jesus. Ver. By GEORGE HAKEWlLL, Dr. in Diuinity. How many are as meek as lambs among others, when at home they are wasps or tigers. i. 1. He knew these principles were not rooted in man, but in God. 2. Warren Wiersbe calls it “Leadership 101.” Willem VanGemeren tags it as a “Commitment to Excellence.” Martin Luther wrote an 80 page exposition of this psalm. PSALM 101 THE RESOLUTIONS OF DAVID ASCENDING THE THRONE "The Hebrew and all the versions attribute this psalm to David"; F1 and there being nothing in the psalm which is in any manner inconsistent with Davidic authorship, we shall accept this as authentic. Good men are so sensible of infirmity that they cry for help from God, so full of prayer that they cry at all seasons, so intense in their desires that they cry with sighs and groanings which cannot be uttered, saying, "O when wilt thou come unto me?". Perfect, as prophetic of Christ, is the delineation of his associates and disciples. If he does not love God, quit his company, for he will do you no good. Jason Byassee. 2. There is more loss in a graceless servant in the house than a fruitless tree in the orchard. And what are the chidings of judgment, but the sterner tones of the voice of a Father's love? Psalm 5. A Psalm. To sing of mercy must be a humble song, for mercy towards a miserable sinner is a melting word; and to sing of judgment must be a humble song, for judgment in every sense is an awful word. O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. By which I understand "from-wardness" â€”giving way to sudden impulses of anger, or quick conception, and casting it forth in words or deeds of impetuous violence. Parents and teachers indeed too often forget that the sentiments feel and do not reason, and that, consequently, even a stupid child may, by the instinctive operation of its moral nature at once detect and revolt at the immorality of practices, the true character of which its reason is unable to penetrate or expose. Even in our best directed establishments, as well as in private families, cultivation is still in a great measure confined to intellect alone; and the direct exercise and training of the moral and religious sentiments and affections are rarely thought of as essential to their full and vigorous development. Ver. Evening, August 1 “Thou crownest the year with thy goodness.” — Psalm 65:11 . Ver. THE SINGING PILGRIM. This is the psalm which the old expositors used to designate "The Mirror for Magistrates"; and an excellent mirror it is. 1. The Treasury of David: Charles Spurgeon Commentary on Psalms (with Active Table of Contents) [Illustrated] by Charles H. Spurgeon. "He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight". But it was its first leap into life that has carried it so far into the future. He who begins with his own heart begins at the fountain head, and is not likely to tolerate evil compamons. My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes. In clemency, by pardoning malefactors; in compassion, by relieving the afflicted; in courtesy, towards all. â€”George Hakewill, or Hakewell, 1579-1649. JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Psalms Commentary (1864) Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. These are the two brightest stars in the firmament of majesty; the two fairest flowers, and choicest jewels in the imperial crown; like the carnation and the lily, the ruby and the sapphire, or the carbuncle and the diamond, yielding a mutual and interchangeable lustre each to other. If God be with us we shall neither err in judgment nor transgress in character; his presence brings us both wisdom and holiness; away from God we are away from safety. â€”William Binnie. These are the outlaws from king David's court; these are the rebels and heretics whom he would not suffer to dwell in his house or tarry in his sight. 7. Note also the change of heart and firmness of purpose necessary to it. I will not know a wicked person. I will disown their ways, I will not imitate their policy: like dirt it may fall upon me, but I will wash it off, and never rest till I am rid of it. Ver. He that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight. 'Prince of Preachers' Charles Spurgeon, revolutionary reformer John Calvin, and beloved Bible commentator Matthew Henry weigh in on the Psalms! From some incidental notices of Scripture (2 Samuel 15:2, Psalms 101:8, Jeremiah 21:12), it has been inferred that judges ordinarily held their sessions in the morning. Cheats in the market are bad enough, but deceivers at our own table we cannot bear. Charles H. Spurgeon Psalms 101-150 Edited by Dr. Stanford E. Murrell. â€”John Gill. Wicked nurses have great influence for evil over the minds of little children, and ungodly servants often injure the morals of the older members of the family, and therefore great care should be exercised that godly servants should be employed as far as possible. Whose privily slandereth his neighbor, him will I cut off. I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes. He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight. I will sing of mercy and justice; To You, O LORD, I will sing praises. AN EXPOSITION OF PSALM 139 by Charles H. Spurgeon One of the most notable of the sacred hymns. Has he ever had a cup so bitter that he could say, "There is no mercy here"? '"It would have been well both for the Philosopher and the Favourite if they had been careful to walk by this rule. 1. The greatness and riches of mercy make the recipiants there of sing. Psalms 101:6. The Story of Psalm 101. The Weaned Child “My soul is even as a weaned child.” — Psalm cxxxi. 3. The bell of praise and the pomegranate of holy fruitfulness should both adorn the Lord's priests. "Commentary on Psalms 101:4". II, pp. Ver. Ver. (d) Because they are both preparative for the heavenly. I will sing of loyalty and of justice; to you, O L ord, I will sing. Christ's eyes are upon faithful persons, or faithful ministers of the word, who preach the Gospel faithfully, administer the ordinances truly, are faithful to the souls of men in watching over them, reproving and exhorting them; his eyes are upon them to keep and preserve them, and to honour and reward them with a crown of life that fadeth not away. Whole Psalm. That is, a great zealot among strangers, and little or nothing of God comes from him in his family? If we call this THE PSALM or PIOUS RESOLUTIONS, we shall perhaps remember it all the more readily. WORKS ON THE HUNDRED AND FIRST PSALM. 6. Eyring, in his "Life of Ernest the Pious" (Duke of Saxe Gotha), relates that he sent an unfaithful minister a copy of Psalms 101:1-8, and that it became a proverb in the country when an official had done anything wrong: He will certainly soon receive the prince's psalm to read. Psalm 101: This psalm describes the perfect king. Ver. Thus, our prophet himself, as soon as the crown was settled on his head, made inquiry if there remained yet alive any of the house of Saul, on whom he might shew mercy (2 Samuel 9:1). --"Plain Commentary." Psalm 101:3-4. Ver. Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful. Revealing the psalmist's need of the divine presence in order to holiness. "If the Lord will, "etc. Psalms 102:1-14 What Happens When Trouble Strikes? Treasury of David. Nor even now, as then, can "the deceitful" dwell in Christ's "house" â€”his holy temple; nor the man of "lies be established" by his love and favour. But it is needless. It shows David as a man of tender conscience, who asked God to deal with his own sin and weakness before addressing the wicked men who fought against him. 169. 1. 2. 1. Psalm 100 Exposition Explanatory Notes and Quaint Sayings Hints to the Village Preacher TITLE.—A Psalm of KJV NKJV NLT NIV ESV CSB NASB ... C. H. Spurgeon :: Psalm 100 ← Back to C. H. Spurgeon's Bio & Resources. â€”F. Psalm 4. “O when wilt thou come unto me?”. What we are at home, that we are indeed. A devout ejaculation. If the body be in pain, conscience is in peace, â€”there is mercy: affliction is for the prevention of sin, â€”there is mercy. The righteous magistrate "beareth not the sword in vain." We never praise the Lord better than when we do those things which are pleasing in his sight. Verse 2. Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment. Psalms 93 and 95-99 are royal psalms. 8. â€”That I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. Not all mercy, nor all judgment, but mercy and judgment. In CHANDLER's "Life of David", Vol. â€”William Gurnall. NO. In Latin, it is known as "Domine exaudi orationem meam". 172. I. Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: David was a king, and he meant to study the peace of his people by putting down slander. The freeness and undeservedhess of mercy. 99. Do you sing in the choir and sin in the chamber Are you a saint abroad and a devil at home? It is greatly to be deplored that in after years he did not keep himself clear in this matter in every case, though, in the main he did; but what would he have been if he had not commenced with this resolve, but had followed the usual crooked Policy of Oriental princes? It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. Psalm 19. Psalms 101:3. He refers both to himself and to those round about him; he would neither be crooked in heart himself, nor employ persons of evil character in his house; if he found such in his court he would chase them away. There was "a gulph" interposed, as in the parable, which they could not pass; and what they saw of Christ, they beheld only from a distance. "C.H. ; the blending of the serpent with the dove. Psalms 101:4. Mr. Schultens hath shown in his commentary on Proverbs 7:25 that hjv hath a much stronger and more significant meaning than that of mere turning aside; and that it is used of an unruly horse, that champs upon the bit through his fiery impatience; and when applied to a bad man, denotes one impatient of all restraint, of unbridled passions, and that is headstrong and ungovernable in the gratification of them, trampling on all the obligations of religion and virtue. O when wilt thou come unto me? 1. â€”The blending of song with holy living. Psalms 101:2. Unto thee, O LORD, will I sing. â€”George Hakewill. Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: Oh, that masters had more of an eye to the piety of their servants than they often have! How good it is for us, that we should have to "sing of mercy and judgment!" 3. Great men often affect aristocratic airs and haughty manners, David therefore resolved that none should be great in his palace but those who had more grace and more sense than to indulge in such abominable vanity, Proud men are generally hard, and therefore very unfit for office; persons of high looks provoke enmity and discontent, and the fewer of such eople about a court the better for the stability of a throne. Sin, like pitch, is very apt to stick. A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person. 180684862 psalm-101-commentary-pdf 1. Ver. Therefore I as in one place it is said that "the throne is established by justice" (Proverbs 16:12); so in another that it is "upheld by mercy" (Proverbs 20:28); justice being as the bones and sinews in the body politic, and mercy as the veins and arteries. Say with David, “I will not know a wicked person.”. Psalm 101:2David's subject in this Psalm is the ordering and hallowing of family life by bringing it under the influences and sanctions of religion. Ver. Ver. He who does not even resolve to do well is likely to do very ill. Householders, employers, and especially ministers, should pray for both wisdom and holiness, for they will need them both. 1. EXPOSITION VERSE 101 Verse 101.—"I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word." The ideal king sings to the Lord (verse 1), keeps his personal life pure (verses 2-4), and administers social justice (verses 5-8). When I was expecting a frown I got a smile; when I was expecting nothing but wrath, I got a glance of love; instead of a stroke of vengeance, I got a view of glory. Study the bible online using commentary on Psalms 101 and more! But word is figuratively there put for thing; as likewise Psalms 41:8; and so is it rendered both by Montanus in the margin, and in the text by Junius; howbeit, in his comment upon this psalm, he precisely follows the original, applying it against sycophants and flatterers, the mice and moths of court. For I shall be neither wise nor holy without thee. Psalms 101:6-7. O how fair a thing is this mercy in the time of anguish and trouble! All the year round, every hour of every day, God is richly blessing us; both when we sleep and when we wake his mercy waits upon us. â€”A Psalm of David. "Plain Commentary". There are some who are great strangers to profession, who yet are loving and kind in their way to their wives. EXPOSITION VERSE 101 Verse 101.—"I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word." 2. It is easier for most men to walk with a perfect heart in the church, or even in the world, than in their own families. I WAS once conversing with a very excellent aged minister, and while we were talking about our frames and feelings, he made the following confession : he said, “ When I read that passage in the psalm, ‘My soul is even as … Psalms 101:5. Him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer. But there's much more in The Treasury of David. Him that hath an high look and a proud heart him will not I, Ver. Its title is, “A Psalm of David.” This is what he said to himself, —, That is right, David. (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students: Commenting and Commentaries)Rosscup adds: This is one of the more thorough older exegetical … Did space permit, I might indeed pursue the whole round of moral and religious duties, and ask similar questions at each. He would extol both the love and the severity, the sweets and the bitters, which the Lord had mingled in Iris experience; he would admire the justice and the goodness of the Lord. It recalls David’s words in 2 Samuel 6:9, and may possibly be an allusion to the promise of Exodus 20:24. 1. 6. The work remains in print today in several editions. I suppose it to have been written by David just when he assumed the throne, when he was about to become king over all Israel and Judah. "In the Greek Septuagint version of the bible, and in its Latin translation in the Vulgate, this psalm is Psalm 101 in a slightly different numbering system. Psalm 101 A Sovereign’s Pledge of Integrity and Justice. Its title is, “A Psalm of David.” Psalm 7. —A Psalm of David.
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