TO THE CHIEF MUSICIAN. A PSALM OF DAVID. TO THE CHIEF MUSICIAN, TO BRING TO
This Psalm may be considered a continuation in content to Psalm 69.
It continues the theme of Psalm 69 with however more of an emphasis on the
personal private applicability of the message which is a call to the
Almighty for help.
God is being asked to rescue the reciter from their enemies and to punish
those enemies. This is delivered together with a promise that they who seek
God will be rewarded with His Presence and with succor.
The message in Psalm 69 was so significant and surprising that it is worth
ADD INIQUITY UNTO THEIR INIQUITY: AND LET THEM NOT COME INTO THY RIGHTEOUSNESS
People who dislike the Jews are usually corrupt personalities. They are
often moral reprobates with something wrong with them.
Potentially we are all liable to go bad in the same way that on the other
hand we can all better ourselves if we so will.
The ability to do good, to be good, not to pervert our paths, is a gift from
When you get a chance to be better take advantage of it.
It may not come again, at least not so easily.
Be like a good businessman running his business.
When you can profit spiritually do so.
Not only are anti-Semites naturally no-good but David in this Psalm wishes
that they not get better.
In other words, they who hate the Jews curse themselves and are accursed.
Stay away from them.
[Psalms 70:1] MAKE HASTE, O GOD, TO DELIVER ME; MAKE HASTE TO HELP ME, O
This Psalm is almost a word for word repetition of Psalm 40:13-17.
It repeats a theme that David sought to emphasize. Even though David had
sinned and his enemies knew about it David still prayed and believed that
God would help him. Amongst the adversaries of David there were some who
presented themselves as morally righteous and tried to present David as a
sinner who would be punished and therefore should be removed from office.
David was not such a person.
David prayed to God to prove his acceptability and so confound his enemies.
[Psalms 70:2] LET THEM BE ASHAMED AND CONFOUNDED THAT SEEK AFTER MY
SOUL: LET THEM BE TURNED BACKWARD, AND PUT TO CONFUSION, THAT DESIRE MY
[Psalms 70:3] LET THEM BE TURNED BACK FOR A REWARD OF THEIR SHAME THAT SAY,
[Psalms 70:4] LET ALL THOSE THAT SEEK THEE REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN
THEE: AND LET SUCH AS LOVE THY SALVATION SAY CONTINUALLY, LET GOD BE
This is also a theme in the Psalms of David. The very feeling of being close
to God constantly sent a thrill of joy through the being of David. This is
the feeling that all those who seek the Almighty should achieve.
[Psalms 70:5] BUT I AM POOR AND NEEDY: MAKE HASTE UNTO ME, O GOD:
THOU ART MY HELP AND MY DELIVERER; O LORD, MAKE NO TARRYING.
God was the salvation of David and HE will be the salvation of us all.