31:1 «To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.» In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy a righteousness.
(a) For then God declares himself just, when he
preserves his as he has promised.
me out of the b net that they have laid
privily for me: for thou [art] my strength.
(b) Preserve me from the crafty counsels and
subtle practise of my enemies.
31:5 Into thine c
hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.
(c) He desires God not only to take care of him
in this life, but that his soul may be saved after this life.
31:6 I have hated them that regard lying vanities:
but I d trust in the LORD.
(d) This affection should be in all God's
children to hate whatever is not grounded on a sure trust in God, as deceitful
31:8 And hast not shut me up
into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a e
(e) Largeness signifies comfort, as straitness,
sorrow and peril.
31:9 Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in
trouble: mine f eye is consumed with
grief, [yea], my soul and my belly.
(f) Meaning, that his sorrow and torment had
continued a great while.
31:11 I was a g
reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours, and a fear
to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me.
(g) My enemies had drawn all men to their part
against me, even my chief friends.
31:13 For I have heard the
slander of i many: fear [was] on every
side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my
(i) They who were in authority condemned me as a
31:14 But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, k
Thou [art] my God.
(k) I had this testimony of conscience, that you
would defend my innocence.
31:15 My l
times [are] in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them
that persecute me.
(l) Whatever changes come, you govern them by
31:17 Let me not be ashamed,
O LORD; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, [and] let them
be m silent in the grave.
(m) Let death destroy them to the intent that
they may hurt no more.
31:19 [Oh] how great [is] thy
goodness, which thou n hast laid up for
them that fear thee; [which] thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee
before the sons of men!
(n) The treasures of God's mercy are always
laid up in store for his children, even at all times they do not enjoy them.
31:20 Thou shalt hide them in the o
secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a
pavilion from the strife of tongues.
(o) That is, in a place where they will have your
comfort, and be hid safely from the enemies pride.
31:21 Blessed [be] the LORD: for he hath shewed me
his marvellous kindness in a p strong
(p) Meaning, there was no city strong enough to
preserve him, as the defence of God's favour.
31:22 For I said in my q
haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice
of my supplications when I cried unto thee.
(q) And so by my rashness and infidelity deserved
to have been forsaken.
31:24 Be of good courage, and
he shall r strengthen your heart, all ye
that hope in the LORD.
(r) Be constant in your calling, and God will
confirm you with heavenly strength.