The psalmist addresses God, taunts the wicked, praises the righteous, and places his trust in God.
The psalmist places his trust in God: “When I think my foot has given way, your faithfulness, O Lord, supports me.” (v. 18)
III. Select Verses
3-7: How long shall the wicked, O LORD, how long shall the wicked exult, shall they utter insolent speech, shall all evildoers vaunt themselves? They crush Your people, O LORD, they afflict Your very own; they kill the widow and the stranger; they murder the fatherless, thinking, “The LORD does not see it, the God of Jacob does not pay heed.”
12-15: Happy is the man whom You discipline, O LORD, the man You instruct in Your teaching, to give him tranquillity in times of misfortune, until a pit be dug for the wicked. For the LORD will not forsake His people; He will not abandon His very own. Judgment shall again accord with justice and all the upright shall rally to it.
18-19: When I think my foot has given way, Your faithfulness, O LORD, supports me. When I am filled with cares, Your assurance soothes my soul.
1-2. Invocation and Petition
3-7. Complaint about the wicked
8-11. Taunt at the wicked
12-13. Beatitude for the righteous
14-15. Rationale: God is with his people
16-19. Affirmation of confidence
20-21. Complaint about the wicked
22. Affirmation of confidence
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VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Gerstenberger, Erhard. Psalms Part 2 and Lamentations (Forms of Old Testament Literature; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001).
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