I have preceded each exposition by Spurgeon by the appropriate verse he is elaborating on.
The previous expositions from Spurgeon on the Psalms can be found on this blog under the “Category” entitled the Treasury of David.
Verse 2: O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame? How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? Selah
In this second division of the Psalm, we are led from the closet of prayer into the field of conflict. Remark the undaunted courage of the man of God. He allows that his enemies are great men for such is the import of the Hebrew words translated — sons of men, but still he believes them to be foolish men, and therefore chides them, as though they were but children. He tells them that they love vanity, and seek after leasing, that is, lying, empty fancies, vain conceits, wicked fabrications. He asks them how long they mean to make his honour a jest, and his fame a mockery? A little of such mirth is too much, why need they continue to indulge in it? Had they not been long enough upon the watch for his halting? Had not repeated disappointments convinced them that the Lord’s anointed was not to be overcome by all their calumnies? Did they mean to jest their souls into hell, and go on with their laughter until swift vengeance should turn their merriment into howling? In the contemplation of their perverse continuance in their vain and lying pursuits, the Psalmist solemnly pauses and inserts a
Selah. Surely we too may stop awhile, and meditate upon the deep seated folly of the wicked, their continuance in evil, and their sure destruction; and we may learn to admire that grace which has made us to differ, and taught us to love truth, and seek after righteousness.
Verse 3: But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him.
But know. Fools will not learn, and therefore they must again and again be told the same thing, especially when it is such a bitter truth which is to be taught them, viz.: — the fact that the godly are the chosen of God, and are, by distinguishing grace, set apart and separated from among men. Election is a doctrine which unrenewed men cannot endure, but nevertheless, it is a glorious and well attested truth, and one which should comfort the tempted believer. Election is the guarantee of complete salvation, and an argument for success at the throne of grace. He who chose us for himself will surely hear our prayer. The Lord’s elect shall not be condemned, nor shall their cry be unheard. David was king by divine decree, and we are the Lord’s people in the same manner: let us tell our enemies to their faces, that they fight against God and destiny, when they strive to overthrow our souls. O beloved, when you are on your knees, the fact of your being set apart as God’s own peculiar treasure, should give you courage and inspire you with fervency and faith. “Shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him?” Since he chose to love us he cannot but choose to hear us.
Verse 4: Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah
Tremble and sin not. How many reverse this counsel and sin but tremble not. O that men would take the advice of this verse and commune with their own hearts. Surely a want of thought must be one reason why men are so mad as to despite Christ and hate their own mercies. O that for once their passions would be quiet and let them be still, that so in solemn silence they might review the past, and meditate upon their inevitable doom. Surely a thinking man might have enough sense to discover the vanity of sin and the worthlessness of the world. Stay, rash sinner, stay, ere thou take the last leap. Go to thy bed and think upon thy ways. Ask counsel of thy pillow, and let the quietude of night instruct thee! Throw not away thy soul for nought! Let reason speak! Let the clamorous world be still awhile, and let thy poor soul plead with thee to bethink thyself before thou seal its fate, and ruin it for ever!
Selah. O sinner! pause while I question thee awhile in the words of a sacred poet, -
“Sinner, is thy heart at rest?
Is thy bosom void of fear? Art thou not by guilt oppressed? Speaks not conscience in thine ear?
Can this world afford thee bliss? Can it chase away thy gloom? Flattering, false, and vain it is; Tremble at the worldling’s doom!
Think, O sinner, on thy end, See the judgment day appear, Thither must thy spirit wend, There thy righteous sentence hear.
Wretched, ruined, helpless soul, To a Saviour’s blood apply; He alone can make thee whole, Fly to Jesus, sinner, fly!”
Verse 5: Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord.
Provided that the rebels had obeyed the voice of the last verse, they would now be crying, — “What shall we do to be saved?” And in the present verse, they are pointed to the sacrifice, and exhorted to trust in the Lord. When the Jew offered sacrifice righteously, that is, in a spiritual manner, he thereby set forth the Redeemer, the great sin atoning Lamb; there is, therefore, the full gospel in this exhortation of the Psalmist. O sinners, flee ye to the sacrifice of Calvary, and there put your whole confidence and trust, for he who died for men is the LORD JEHOVAH.
- C.H. Spurgeon: “I shall be free in my very prison.” (An Exposition on Psalm 3:5-6) (bearveracity.wordpress.com)
- C.H. Spurgeon: “Salvation belongeth unto the Lord.” (An Exposition on Psalm 3:7-8) (bearveracity.wordpress.com)
- C.H. Spurgeon: “All the deliverances of saints, as well as the pardons of sinners, are the free gifts of heavenly grace.” (An Exposition on Psalm 4:1) (bearveracity.wordpress.com)
- Charles Spurgeon: “Rest awhile, O tried believer, and change the strain to a softer air.” (Exposition Psalm 3:3-4) (bearveracity.wordpress.com)