2. I for one will obey thee—Thy face, Lord, will I seek." S. The nature of true religion. "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". The true heart should echo the will of God as the rocks among the Alps repeat in sweetest music the notes of the peasant's … “Take heed how you hear,” saith Christ (Luke 8:18). And shall this appear to us a hard saying? The past as illumined by God’s favour, and the past as his own wherein he strove to love and serve God. I. "Commentary on Psalms 27:8". When the Lord is the Fortress of their life, they are in a citadel that can never be invaded. To all who hear the Gospel. More dangerous than open and violent enemies. The character and condescension of the Saviour from whom the call comes. Psalm 1 – The Way of the Righteous and the Way of the Ungodly. David felt from time to time as if God's face was hidden from him, as we see in other psalms (Psalms 10:1-18 :l; Psalms 13:1; Psalms 69:17, etc. The psalmist has a firm assurance that God will make his goodness manifest to us in our personal history. When thou saidst — Either by thy word commanding or inviting me so to do; or, by thy Spirit directing and inclining me; Seek ye my face — Seek my presence, and favour, and help, by fervent, faithful prayer; my heart said unto thee — My heart readily and thankfully complied with the motion; and upon the encouragement of this command, or invitation, I resolved I would do so, and I do so at this time. Though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident, One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after. Duty is commonly much more easy to discern than expediency; "What is right?" In the margin, "a way of plainness." "In this will I be confident" (1 Kings 22:19, 2 Kings 6:15; Acts 20:24). 1801-1803. God cannot always grant this prayer in this sense. The meaning is clear, though the construction in a literal translation is obscure. Clarke's Psalms 27:8 Bible Commentary When thou saidst, Seek ye my face - How much labor and skill have been employed to make sense of this verse as it stands in our translation! BY CULTIVATING COURAGE. Pamela Rose Williams January 18, 2017 at 10:39 am. ], or climbing up into a tree for the gratifying of curiosity [Note: Luke 19:4-5. For the world is not as a silent glen, or lone mountain side, but a very Babel of confused noises. Copyright StatementThese files are considered public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available in the Online Bible Software Library. "If God be for us, who can be against us?" Any one who tries to make them a compound between God and his own conscience will fail. They were probably dead at the time of his flight from Absalom. He hath said, "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/psalms-27.html. Yea, God's love and care make them so happy that they must give vent to their joy as with trumpet-song. In thought of what God has done for us, we strengthen our hearts. It should be our constant spirit, prompt to obey whenever God calls. But then verse 8 brings us right back to contentment with the Lord and seeking his face. 1. 4. 3. Because He would have men worship Him, and in order to this God must show him how He will be served. His veracity, His unchangeableness, are pledged to this, that no man who yields to His invitation will be baulked of his desire. A face that wears the same bland meaningless smile to every one is intolerable. 1897. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident. "The Adam Clarke Commentary". When thou saidst; either by thy word, commanding and inviting me so to do; or by thy Spirit, directing and inclining me to it. "Commentary on Psalms 27:8". BibliographyExell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Psalms 27:8". What the heart says God always hears. But this sense is one in which the phrase is never used; and, in the case before us, it is excluded both by the reference to the fundamental passage, and by what follows in the next verse, "hide not Thy face:" the whole scope and connection, moreover, are altogether opposed to any reference to repairing to the temple. 7. ]:” they will, like Ezekiel’s auditors, approve what they hear, but will never give themselves truly and unreservedly to God [Note: Ezekiel 33:31-32.].]. One who would manifest a tenderer care and love than even parents feel, and who, when they are removed from us, will be our Guardian £ still. (Homilist. Psalms 94:14). Psalms 26:8); to offer there "sacrifices of joy" (Psalms 27:6); to sing there psalms of thanksgiving. 3. THIS psalm is one of those which have been called "composite"; and certainly it falls into two parts which offer the strongest possible contrast the one to the other. As the servants of the king of Assyria, they catch the Word presently, “Thy servant Benhadad” (1 Kings 20:32); so faith, it catcheth the Word. It is the prompting of a pious heart immediately and always to obey the voice of God, no matter what his command is, and no matter what sacrifice may be required in obeying it. III. A languid seeker will not find; an earnest one will not fail to find. When we look into one another's faces, we read the soul. For the seeking to which God mercifully admits us is but the turning of the direction of our desires to Him, the recognition of the fact that His face is more than all else to men, the recognition that whilst there are many that say, “Who will show us any good?” and ask the question impatiently, despairingly, vainly, they that turn the seeking into a prayer, and ask, “Lord I lift Thou the light of Thy countenance upon us,” will never ask in vain. We need not ask what particular reference lies in "when thou saidst." For example, the human race is addressed in Scripture as “fallen and depraved”--far gone from original righteousness, inclined only to iniquity and that too continually. "He is good to all, and his tender mercy is over all his works." They object, and deliberate, and find excuse; they do anything but obey. God's address to man: "Thou saidst, Seek ye My face." But as it is according to his own sovereign pleasure that God vouchsafes us to look upon him, (as he does in Word and sacraments,) it becomes us steadily to fix our eyes on this view, that it may not be with us as with the Papists, who, by means of the wildest inventions, wickedly transform God into whatever shapes please their fancy, or their brains have conceived. (A. Maclaren, D. D.), The law of creation and of salvation are one, one thing. Like the sailor at the tiller, he answers his captain’s directions by repeating them. It is a life. (Verse 14.) His strength is made perfect in weakness. And is an evidence of election unto salvation. See Deuteronomy 4:19. In this verse we are taught that if we would have the Lord hear our voice, we must be careful to respond to his voice. Light has been well called "this profoundly beautiful name of God" (Delitzsch). David’s example is precisely that which we should follow. IV. II. The order of the words in the original is as follows: "To thee said my heart—Seek ye my face—thy face, Lord, will I seek." The reply of the heart he likens to the echo sleeping in silence, till the voice calls it forth. For if we do not, we dishonour God and His bounty and give joy to the devil, for the devil rejoiceth when he seeth what excellent things are laid open in the Church of God, in the ministry, what sweet promises and comforts, but here is nobody to take them and lay hold on them; like a table that is richly furnished, and there is nobody comes and takes it. But make the precept individual and personal, then what shrinking there is, what aversion, what refusal! You just need to get out of the way and let people see it! 1599-1645. If sure of the one, why ask for the other? their desire (see Psalms 35:25; Psalms 41:2), which was no doubt to capture him, and. The original words are the following, from which our Version has been forcibly extracted: -. David practically said, “I mean just what God means.”, 5. ", To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, my heart said unto thee, thy face, Lord, will I seek, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. Even professedly religious men do not. Now let me give some closing counsels. The Hebrew word (like our English "plain") signifies "level" (see Isaiah 42:16, "straight"). They are seekers after God, are they? "Commentary on Psalms 27:8". Salvation from his greatest dangers, temporal and spiritual "Strength," the power that had upheld his life when falling into weakness and despair. This leads to a second question—. It has already appeared, from Psalms 5:7, that the word "temple" or "palace" (heykal) was applied in David's time to the tabernacle. iv., p. 7. Reply, almost an echo of call. 2. The "Rock" is God himself, who is always David's final Refuge. FAITH IN THE GOODNESS OF GOD. We should have our hearts bent upon executing the commands of God. By Marni Montanez. It is the assurance of blessing--Divine, precious, abundant, everlasting. Divisions of Psalm 27. Those who employ open violence. If his way be not plain and smooth, it will be to their advantage and to his detriment. 1909-1922. 1871-8. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion; in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me. There is an inward relish for what is good. 2. (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students: Commenting and Commentaries)Rosscup adds: This is one of the more thorough older exegetical works on the … From side to side a very artillery was maintained. He sends out His mercy for a world; we have to claim each our portion. He is speaking to you now, and His ear is close to your heart, listening to what it will say. . The world cannot help you and comfort you. (Verse 13; literally, "Had I not believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living …") The sentence is unfinished. Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. ), We are told here that God spoke to the psalmist and what was his reply, but we have no intimation as to the mode of intercourse: whether God spoke through providential dealings, or through the ordinances of the Church, or by His Spirit. Reply. God makes the first approach. 1. (Psalms 27:10.) BibliographyCoke, Thomas. THE given opportunity--“When Thou saidst.” This opportunity is--. He is ever ready to receive us, and the moment the sinner draws back the bars and bolts which have kept the door shut in His face "the King of glory will come in." When thou saidst, Seek ye my face, &c.] Or, "My heart said unto thee" (or, for thee, and in thy stead), Let my face seek thy face, &c. Or concerning thee, said my heart; that is, I have constantly considered of those words of thine "Seek ye my face," and, therefore I come confidently unto thee. 1917. When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. 3. Then comes in the comfort and strength of thin prayer, "Teach me thy way!" Finding the new version too difficult to understand? 1870. Therefore He hides not Himself, nay, He desires to be known; and all those that have His Spirit desire to make Him known. אמר and אבקש stand in the same relation to each other as שאלתי and אבקש do in Psalms 27:4 : always, and particularly now. This shows the bent of the renewed soul. Bible, conscience, providence. God will complete his work. Everything which is really good in this world is the reflection of a great, original, perfect good, which lies far away out of sight: our happiness of its happiness, our holiness of its holiness, our love of its love. "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". 1. The face of God is “the express image” of His personality. Beholding his beauty or goodness, and meditating upon it. They often fall strangely. This is an exhortation, not to others, but to himself (comp. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-27.html. Psalm 27 Commentary Verse 8. But instead of these, we see, by faith, a glorious victory, and we hail its coming with renewed courage and praise (verses 13, 14).—W.F. Still it is not impossible to hear it. Hide not thy face far from me. "Commentary on Psalms 27:8". Answer: I. ( ) ~ these words are not in the Hebrew BibleLORD ~ a special word for God; only his people use ittripped ~ nearly fell overpalace ~ the home of a kingtent ~ a small house made of animal skins 2. 1. References: Psalms 27:8.—J. John 1:7-9; John 12:35, John 12:36, John 12:46; 1 John 1:5). INCREASING DELIGHT IN GOD, AS THE SATISFACTION AND JOY OF THE HEART. As admission into the presence is allowed only to those who enjoy the favour of the ruler, it is the mark and expression of this favour, and because it is so, is sought after; so, to seek the face of the Lord, is to seek to be admitted into His presence, and in reality to seek to enjoy His favour compare 2 Samuel 21:1, "There was a famine in the days of David, and David sought the face of the Lord;" Psalms 24:6, and Psalms 105:4. As for the flesh, neither its weakness nor its corruptions should discourage us in our way to God. He does it, also, by his providence: all that he does for us in a way of mercy, is to stimulate us to love him; and his chastisements are to awaken us to our duty, saying, “Hear the rod, and him that hath appointed it.” He does it, also, by his Spirit; for conscience is his voice within us, “his still small voice,” whereby he whispers to us, and moves us, and “strives with us,” and “draws us to himself.” The whole creation, the heavenly bodies moving in their orbits, “the elements that fulfil his will,” the “birds which know their season,” and the beasts which acknowledge their Benefactor; the occurrences of every day, even the most common and casual, as the going to a well for water [Note: John 4:7; John 4:10. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". You remember the old story of the Saracen woman who came to England seeking her lover, and passed through these foreign cities with no word upon her tongue that could be understood of those that heard her except the name that she sought. This psalm is again simply titled “ A Psalm of David.” It shows David the son of Jesse once again crying out to God, and praising Him for the hearing and answering of his prayer. It is a true response. Pliable, that of a ready, obedient heart. Part 1. Both are a process of generation--regeneration. So God’s Spirit and man’s spirit being brought face to face, the new creation of the soul is inevitable. 4. Frequent seclusion is the best way to strengthen ourselves for conflict. I. its too frequent absence. Our hearts are so made they can rest only in God; God's heart is such that he seeks a rest in us. Ephesians 5:19). To this question there seems to be no possible answer; and thus the very diversity of the two parts would seem to show an original union. 21:16, 17) and his people thereupon resolved he should never venture … True religion is characterized by—. When the voice says to you, “Pray,” pray at once. Fixed resolves need short professions. . Things are possible to courageous minds which are impossible to weak, cowardly hearts. BibliographyBenson, Joseph. 1832. The sun’s face and the earth’s face must be brought together, in full relationship, and then creation is inevitable. ), Walking one day in the Queen’s Park, Edinburgh, I heard the music of a military band. They will turn over a new leaf, sign the pledge, attend the sanctuary, and even take the sacrament. The light in which they ought to be regarded—. The true heart should echo the will of God as the rocks among the Alps repeat in sweetest music the notes of the peasant's horn. To seek they face of a king involves the idea of seeking his favour and protection, answering to Psalms 27:4 (Psalms 24:6; Proverbs 29:26, cf. It complains of desertion (Psalms 27:10), calumny (Psalms 27:12), and imminent danger (Psalms 27:11, Psalms 27:12), It still, indeed, maintains hope, but the hope has only just been saved from sinking into despair by an effort of faith (Psalms 27:13), and a determination to "wait" and see what the end will be (Psalms 27:14). Oh! “Hide not Thy face far from me” is clearly a prayer built upon both these elements in the past. They cannot translate the cry of their own hearts, but it means, “God--my soul thirsteth for Thee”: and the thirst bids us seek His face. The first act of grace to every man is a call to seek God. God calls us by his Spirit, by his word, by his worship, and by special providences, merciful and afflicting. In this verse we are taught that if we would have the Lord hear our voice, we must be careful to respond to his voice. God is no such God, but He may be searched into. And the full meaning seems to he, "To thee said my heart - Hast thou said unto men, Seek ye my face? BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. Thanks for this commentary. III. Even according to earthly rules a royal invitation is an invitation indeed, but it is also a command, and it may not be refused. It will hardly touch him. Verse 8. It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. It must be wooed and won from love, that it may be a possession and a joy for ever. "Commentary on Psalms 27:8". We may well seek the acquaintance of God as our God, to be our Leader, Guide, and Sovereign Lord, even unto death. What could be more inconsistent and unreasonable? Personal submission is needed to put our hearts into a right condition for receiving Divine grace. The more we know of Him, the more we shall admire Him. By trials. All these are good and right in their place, but they are no substitute for salvation, they cannot set the heart at peace. 1905-1909. “My heart said,” etc. The clauses are short, and broken, "Hear, O Lord; with my voice I call; pity me, and answer me.". Tell me, I pray you, whether the resolution be not wise: tell me whether it be not necessary: tell me whether, if ye continue to decline God’s invitation till the door of heaven is finally closed against you, you will not curse your folly with an anguish that will exceed your utmost conceptions, and bewail to all eternity the conduct you now pursue. It teaches that peace with God is not a human device, but a Divine revelation. God is willing to be known. Wheeler.). When they are delivered in the plural they can be listened to with great composure. The invitation of a king is a command. BibliographyCalvin, John. 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