Bible Commentaries
Psalms 123

Garner-Howes Baptist CommentaryGarner-Howes

Verses 1-4

Psalms 123

Dependence on God

Scripture v. 1-4:

Verse 1 discloses that like a servant looks to his master for mercy, so did the psalmist look to, trust in, or depend on God who resided in the heavens to show mercy to him. God in heaven is highly exalted above man, who is to look to Him for salvation and every need of life, Isaiah 45:22; Psalms 25:15; Psalms 121:1; Psalms 141:8; Luke 18:13. See also Psalms 2:4; Psalms 11:4; Isaiah 57:15.

Verse 2 relates that as the eyes of the servant look to the hand of the master, and the eyes of the maiden look to the hand of her mistress for help and support, so did the eyes of the godly psalmist wait on or look to the Lord God, until he have or show mercy to him, in perseverance of prayer, Luke 18:1-7.

Verse 3 appeals "have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us. For we are exceedingly filled with contempt," by those who look upon us with derision and scoffing and slander, of those who are at ease for the moment, La 3:22,23.

Verse 4 concludes "our souls are exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud," the haughty, the self-exalted, Luke 18:14. Yet, their sins will return upon their heads, to "find them out," as they "reap what they sow," in retribution, Numbers 32:33; Galatians 6:7-8; Isaiah 59:12.

Bibliographical Information
Garner, Albert & Howes, J.C. "Commentary on Psalms 123". Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary. 1985.