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1 (To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm of David.) Hear me when I call, O Elohim of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.
It may be a little difficult to decide whether this Psalm is the expression of David's individual sentiments, or the out-pourings of the spirit of Christ which was in him in common with the other prophets. The probability is, that as in other cases, it is both. There can be little question that when David appeared in the courts of the Most High, to "praise him upon the harp," he threw intense emotion into what he did.
His prayers and his praises were ex animo, though moulded by the Spirit dwelling in him. He was no mere automaton or inanimate instrument in the hands of the power that made his words prophetic.
The spirit of God spake by him, but his own mind was in the highest sympathy with what the spirit made use of him to say, and hence there was a double influence impelling him to the composition of the Psalms; which accounts for the fact that in almost every instance, the Psalms are double in their hearing, having a primary significance as the expression of David's thoughts and experiences, and a secondary and more comprehensive reference to him of whom it is said that he is the "root and offspring of David."
3 But know that Yahweh hath set apart him that is Godly for himself: Yahweh will hear when I call unto him.
We shall never attain salvation without developing a godly mind. A godly mind does not come naturally. It comes only by great effort and dedication and desire. We could be "in the Truth" one hundred years, and still not have a godly mind.
A godly mind is full of God, ALL the time. And it is not just sentiment, though that is vitally important. It is godly KNOWLEDGE, deep knowledge from His Word reverently studied and pondered, which is equally important. A godly mind lives in the atmosphere of God. It sees God everywhere.
Every creature has its natural habitat -- the surroundings where it is comfortable, and healthy, and happy. The natural habitat of the godly mind is God Himself: here only it is at home and at peace.
Bro Growcott - Search Me O God
The world rushes by and around him, but it all has the unreal atmosphere of a dream. God has called him aside out of the throng into the quiet sanctuary of divine favour, and has shown him the plans for the eternal building that is to be erected on the site of all the present purposeless bustle and strife.
For peace of mind, and for the single-minded and effectual accomplishment of the work to which he is divinely appointed, the godly man does well to remember that he has been set apart. But still, he is not a cold, unfeeling spectator, hardly regarding the world's troubles and, like Jonah, impatient for its destruction. Repeatedly we are told that Christ was moved with compassion for the vast droves of shepherdless sheep and was never far away from tears when he contemplated the benighted misery of the world, but still v7Bro Growcott - The Psalms
7 Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.
Gladness is our true foundation. The deepest layer of the life of the righteous is pure gladness. Underneath and surrounding the transient sorrows of the present, God has put an all embracing gladness in his heart. It is not a shallow gladness that ignores sorrow, but one that sees through and beyond it. This is real. All else is passing.
This is God's gift of peace in the midst of storm -- received and enjoyed in direct proportion as it is perceived and drawn upon.
Bro Growcott - The Psalms