The Lord helped me Ps.118:13,14

Today we are studying Ps.118:13,14 It’s a gem in the Bible. This psalm is filled with gems: Ps.118:6 – assurance that God will take care of all our needs, Ps.118:22,23, – prophecy about rejection and exaltaion of Jesus, Ps.118:24 – this often quoted verse on rejoicing in a new day, Ps.118:26 – and finally Jesus takes this verse 26 and says that that text is going to be pronounced at his second coming. However let’s turn to Ps.118:13,14

Let’s read it:

13 I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the LORD helped me.
1The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.
(Ps.118:13,14) (ESV)

Context:

Commentaries:

John Chrysostom: Бедствия, говорит, так угнетали меня, что я был близок к падению и изнурению; ударами их я так был поражен, что готов быль пасть; но когда я уже падал на колени и преклонялся, и все средства человеческие оказались безнадежными, тогда Бог и явил мне Свою помощь. Так поступает Бог для того, чтобы никто не присвоял себе славы Его.

Слова Исихия: Вовлекают нас в все помыслы склонные к сладострастно и сдвинув нас с непоколебимого стояния в законе, делают нас удобопобеждаемыми для бесов; но когда мы трезвы (бодры), то Бог будет нашим заступником; ибо Он может и подкрепить души наши и прогнать хотящих низложить нас.

Лопухин:  «Сильно толкнули меня, чтоб я упал» – всеми оставленный евр. народ считал себя близким к гибели, но Господь спас его, как из плена, так и помог в настоящем случае построения храма. Поэтому писатель и говорит: «Господь – сила моя и песнь».

Diedrich: —Expect no aid from the world; rather be prepared for all kinds of rebuffs from it: but God’s word will give thee strength enough for victory.

Osiander: It is a greater work of God, to deliver a lost soul from the power of the devil, and make it blessed, than it is to create a new world.

Mathew Henry: Thou (O enemy!) hast thrust sore at me, with many a desperate push, that I might fall into sin and into ruin. Thrusting thou hast thrust at me (so the word is), so that I was ready to fall. Satan is the great enemy that thrusts sorely at us by his temptations, to cast us down from our excellency, that we may fall from our God and from our comfort in him; and, if Go had not upheld us by his grace, his thrusts would have been fatal to us. (2.) By the afflictions which God laid upon him (Psa_118:18): The Lord has chastened me sore. Men thrust at him for his destruction; God chastened him for his instruction. They thrust at him with the malice of enemies; God chastened him with the love and tenderness of a Father. Perhaps he refers to the same trouble which God, the author of it, designed for his profit, that by it he might partake of his holiness (Heb_12:10, Heb_12:11); howbeit, men, who were the instruments of it, meant not so, neither did their heart think so, but it was in their heart to cut off and destroy, Isa_10:7. What men intend for the greatest mischief God intends for the greatest good, and it is easy to say whose counsel shall stand. God will sanctify the trouble to his people, as it is his chastening, and secure the good he designs; and he will guard them against the trouble, as it is the enemies’ thrusting, and secure them from the evil they design, and then we need not fear.
This account which David gives of his troubles is very applicable to our Lord Jesus. Many there were that hated him, hated him without a cause. They compassed him about; Jews and Romans surrounded him. They thrust sorely at him; the devil did so when he tempted him; his persecutors did so when they reviled him; nay, the Lord himself chastened him sorely, bruised him, and put him to grief, that by his stripes we might be healed.

Treasury of David by Charles Spurgeon:

It is to compass our fall that they compass us; they fill us with their venom that they may fill us with their sin. Charles Spurgeon
Verse 13. Thou hast thrust sore at me, “Thrusting, thou hast thrust at me.” It is a vigorous apostrophe, in which the enemy is described as concentrating all his thrusting power into the thrusts which he gave to the man of God. He thrust again and again with the keenest point, even as bees thrust their stings into their victim. The foe had exhibited intense exasperation, and fearful determination, nor had he been without a measure of success; wounds had been given and received, and these smarted much, and were exceeding sore. Now, this is true of many a tried child of God who has been wounded by Satan, by the world, by temptation, by affliction; the sword has entered into his bones, and left its mark. That I might fall. This was the object of the thrusting: to throw him down, to wound him in such a way that he would no longer be able to keep his place, to make him depart from his integrity, and lose his confidence in God. If our adversaries can do this they will have succeeded to their heart’s content: if we fall into grievous sin they will be better pleased than even if they had sent the bullet of the assassin into our heart, for a moral death is worse than a physical one. If they can dishonour us, and God in us, their victory will be complete. “Better death than false of faith” is the motto of one of our noble houses, and it may well be ours. It is to compass our fall that they compass us; they fill us with their venom that they may fill us with their sin.

But the Lord helped me; a blessed “but.” This is the saving clause. Other helpers were unable to chase away the angry nations, much less to destroy all the noxious swarms; but when the Lord came to the rescue the hero’s single arm was strong enough to vanquish all his adversaries. How sweetly can many of us repeat in the retrospect of our past tribulations this delightful sentence, “But the Lord helped me.” I was assailed by innumerable doubts and fears, but the Lord helped me; my natural unbelief was terribly inflamed by the insinuations of Satan, but the Lord helped me; multiplied trial were rendered more intense by the cruel assaults of men, and I knew not what to do, but the Lord helped me. Doubtless, when we land on the hither shore of Jordan, this will be one of our songs, “Flesh and heart were failing me, and the adversaries of my soul surrounded me in the swellings of Jordan, but the Lord helped me. Glory be unto his name.”

Verse 14. The LORD my strength and song, my strength while I was in the conflict, my song now that it is ended; my strength against the strong, and my song over their defeat. He is far from boasting of his own valour; he ascribes his victory to its real source, he has no song concerning his own exploits, but all his peans are unto Jehovah Victor, the Lord whose right hand and holy arm had given him the victory. And is become my salvation. The poet warrior knew that he was saved, and he not only ascribed that salvation unto God, but he declared God himself to be his salvation. It is an all comprehending expression, signifying that from beginning to end, in the whole and in the details of it, he owed his deliverance entirely to the Lord. Thus can all the Lord’s redeemed say, “Salvation is of the Lord.” We cannot endure any doctrine which puts the drown upon the wrong head and defrauds the glorious King of his revenue of praise. Jehovah has done it all; yea; in Christ Jesus he is all, and therefore in our praises let him alone be extolled. It is a happy circumstance for us when we can praise God as alike our strength, song, and salvation; for God sometimes gives a secret strength to his people, and yet they question their own salvation, and cannot, therefore, sing of it. Many are, no doubt, truly saved, but at times they have so little strength, that they are ready to faint, and therefore they cannot sing: when strength is imparted and salvation is realised then the song is clear and full.

Перевод:

Враги окружают нас для того, чтобы мы упали. Они впускают в нас свой яд, Чтобы нам передался их грех, «Но Господь поддержал меня» Чарльз Сперджен
13. «Сильно толкнули меня». Из этого стиха мы узнаем, что враги собрали в кулак все свои силы, чтобы сбить с ног благочестивого мужа. Их оружие наносило Давиду укол за уколом, подобно тому как пчелы жалят свою жертву. Сердца их пылали яростью; злодеи были полны решимости довести свое дело до конца. Нельзя сказать, чтобы их усилия были полностью безуспешны: они наносили раны благочестивому мужу и получали их сами. Все это в полной мере относится к сынам Божьим, которые постоянно подвергаются ударам сатаны, мира, искушений и испытаний. Меч пронзает их тело и оставляет шрам. «Чтобы я упал». Такова была цель его врагов. Они хотели сбить его с ног, ранить его так, чтобы он не смог подняться, заставить его отречься от благочестия и отступить от веры. Успех наших врагов полностью зависит от того, достигнут ли они этих целей. Если мы впадем в грех, они образуются гораздо больше, чем если бы им представилась реальная возможность пустить нам пулю в лоб. Нравственная смерть гораздо страшнее физической. Если только им удастся обесчестить нас и нашего Бога, победа их будет полной. «Лучше смерть, чем отречение от веры» – таков девиз одного из благороднейших семейств Англии. Он должен быть и нашим девизом. Враги окружают нас для того, чтобы мы упали. Они впускают в нас свой яд, Чтобы нам передался их грех.

«Но Господь поддержал меня», благословенное “но”. Это спасительное предложение! Как утешительны слова псалмопевца! Никто не мог справиться с неистовством народов, никто не мог противостать врагам, налетевшим словно туча диких пчел. Но когда Господь вмешался в бой, Давид укрепился силой свыше и низложил своих ненавистников. Воистину, многие из нас могли бы, вспоминая прошлый опыт, сказать вслед за псалмопевцем: «Но Господь поддержал меня». На меня напали бесчисленные сомнения и страхи, но Господь поддержал меня. Сатана навязывал мне свои лживые мысли И толкал меня к неверию, но Господь поддержал меня. Бессчетные испытания, к которым прибавились жестокие нападки врагов, лишили меня способности трезво мыслить, но Господь поддержал Меня. Когда мы благополучно перейдем через воды Иордана, из уст наших изольется радостная песнь: «Изнемогали плоть моя и сердце мое; воды Иордана, как злобные враги, грозили поглотить меня, но Господь поддержал меня. Благословенно имя Его!»

14. «Господь – сила моя и песнь». Он сила моя в бою и песнь в моменты затишья. Он сила моя в схватке с сильными и песнь, воспеваемая над поверженным врагом. Вместо того чтобы хвалиться своими победами, Давид воздал всю славу Господу. Эта Песнь не о его победах. Песнь его звучит во славу божественного Кои на, во славу Господа, чья могущественная мышца доставила Ему победу.

«Он соделался моим спасением». Воин и певец Израиля не сомневался в своем спасении. Заметьте, что он не просто воздал Господу славу за это великое чудо, а назвал Его самого своим спасением. Тем самым он показал, что его судьба полностью зависит от Господа. Избавление Давида от всех напастей было делом рук Господних. Так и искупленные Господом восклицают: «У Господа спасение!» Мы не станем мириться с учением, возлагающим лавровый венец на головы самозванцев и тем самым лишающим великого Царя принадлежащей Ему славы. Победа дарована нам Господом! Все благословения во Христе Иисусе ниспосланы нам всеблагим Богом, а потому все наши славословия должны восславлять Его имя. Какая радость, что мы можем время от времени называть Бога своей силой, песнью и спасением, ведь Он всякий день дарует нам крепость! Впрочем, бывает и так, что народ Божий не верит в свое спасение и не может петь. Среди нас много спасенных, но иногда мы ослабеваем в схватке с врагом и не можем петь. Но когда Господь укрепляет нас и мы снова обретаем веру в свое спасение, песнь наша становится искренней и громогласной.

Main points:

1. This Psalm is quoted 13 times in the NT.

Ps.118:6………….Heb.13:6
Ps.118:22………..Mt.21:42, Mk.12:10, Lk.20:17, 1Pet.2:7
Ps.118:23………..Mt.21:42, Mk.12:10
Ps.118:26………..Mt.21:9, Mk.11:9, Jn.12:13, Mt.23:39, Lk.13:35, Lk.19:38

2. This quote Ps.118:13,14 uses imagery of war. This thrust or pushing is not just a boxing ring fight, but it is a mortal combat with the enemy. Whoever it maybe in those times: enemies of David, nations that were fighting against Israel or Satan, world and our flesh if we transpose this passage into our days. This is a description of a fierce battle.

3. It can be divided into 3-4 parts:

a. Enemy’s plan to destroy psalmist. I was pushed hard, so that I was falling,
b. The Lord spoils the enemy’s plan by upholding psalmist. but the LORD helped me.
c,d The Lord becomes the object of psalmist’s life in battle: strength, song and salvation.

4. In the times of David that could mean that the Lord helped David in the time when the battle. If the psalm was read during the rebuilding of the temple then it can refer to the nations that surrounded Israel. Be it as it may, the message stays same — enemy is raging to destroy psalmist (people of God), but the Lord will deliver them from those calamities and will become their sole object of hope, worship, song and salvation. In the battle God draws the attention of His people to Himself.

5. If we make a hermeneutic bridge and travel from the times of David into our days we can store some gems of truth from this passage.

A) I agree with Mathew Henry that it speaks of Satan’s temptations which thrusts and blows would be fatal to us without the upholding grace of God. So I see the enemy as Satan with all his forces (temptations, worldly people, sometimes even our flesh which runs to be his allies)

B) I see that God for a reason leads us into battle with sins Rom.8:13, for He wants to forge in us dependence upon Him.

C) I also see that right in the middle of those trials, difficulties, temptations, sorrows, battles of our faith Lord Jesus is not merely helping us but gives us joy and assurance of salvation. More than that He becomes the object of our strength, song and salvation. He turns our eyes from vanity and worldly things to God and shows the incomparable majesty of God in saving sinners like us from the wrath of God.

D) Only believers can rejoice in God. Only believers can say that God is their strength, because He became their strength through the preaching of the Gospel, of the Christ crucified. Only believers can truly rejoice in the midst of trials and say that God became their salvation, for they were born of God, of His Spirit and they felt like Christ had dressed them in the garments of salvation. With that in mind they will never fall in the battle. That truth (or shall I say resurrected Jesus Himself) will keep them from falling.

E) Importance of singing. Singing fills us with the Holy Spirit, gives us strength and helps in our salvation

Conclusion:

Satan may roar, and the battle may be fierce, but we must look unto Jesus to win the battle. Amen