Book 2: Psalm 56 of 72 – What can man do to me?

VV.1-9 continues David’s plea, David’s tossing and turning and his pain in writhing.  All day long the enemies plot to injure this son of God.  However, the rousing climax comes through vv.4, 10-13: In God, whose Word I praise, in the Lord, whose Word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.  What can man do to me?

It’s as if the previous chapters are a crescendo to reach this moment.  David’s vows amount to mere thank offerings (v.12) – because the Lord is powerful enough to rise one’s soul from the dead, from one’s feet from falling.  It is that resurrection, not only of the body, but of the soul, that enables and strengthens David to walk before God in the light of life (v.13).     Even the atheists will be resurrected in the last days (Revelation 20), but it is God who can rise one’s soul from the dead this day.

Do we therefore praise the Word of the Lord, the incarnate Word who fulfils the promise of such present deliverance?  Spurgeon comments:

He is a wretch who, having obtained help, forgets to return a grateful acknowledgment. The least we can do is to praise him from whom we receive such distinguished favours. Does David here mean “by God’s grace I will praise him”? If so, he shows us that all our emotions towards God must be in God, produced by him and presented as such. Or does he mean, “that which in God is most the object of my praise is his word, and the faithfulness with which he keeps it”? If so, we see how attached our hearts should be to the sure word of promise, and especially to himwho is the WORD incarnate. The Lord is to be praised under every aspect, and in all his attributes and acts, but certain mercies peculiarly draw out our admiration towards special portions of the great whole. That praise which is never special in its direction cannot be very thoughtful, and it is to be feared cannot be very acceptable. In the Lord will I praise his word. He delights to dwell on his praise, he therefore repeats his song. The change by which he brings in the glorious name of Jehovah is doubtless meant to indicate that under every aspect he delights in his God and in his word.




Book 2: Psalm 56 of 72 – What can man do to me?

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