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For the director of music. According to mahalath [uncertain meaning]. A maskil [song of triumph] of David.


[Preliminary Comments: If the word ‘maskil' means song of triumph it fits with the sense of this short psalm. David faces the folly of godless mankind [v.1] and unrighteousness always following this godless folly. The Lord sees everything [v.2] and confirms that the world is full of godless, corrupt human beings, nobody doing true good [v.3]. When God seeks to draw individuals and then a nation to Himself, these godless people oppose them [v.4]. But God's people should not be afraid [v.5a] because history shows God opposes and destroys those who seek to destroy His people [v.5b]. He yearns for God to come and deliver and when He does, His people will rejoice. [v.6]



v.1 Folly and corruptions has enveloped the human race


v.1  The fool says in his heart,
    “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and their ways are vile;
    there is no one who does good.


v.2,3 The Lord confirms that there are no exceptions


v.2  God looks down from heaven
    on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
    any who seek God.
v.3   Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt;
    there is no one who does good,
    not even one.


v.4 These godless wrong-doers destroy God's people


v.4  Do all these evildoers know nothing?

They devour my people as though eating bread;
    they never call on God.

v.5 God's people really have nothing to fear for God deals with His enemies


v.5  But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
    where there was nothing to dread.
God scattered the bones of those who attacked you;
    you put them to shame, for God despised them.


v.6 Salvation will come for God's people and they will then rejoice.


v.6  Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
    When God restores his people,
    let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!



[Additional Thoughts: There is a confidence in David that although so many turn away from the Lord, He will stand up for His people. That is essentially what this psalm is about.]



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