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Notes from Artur Weiser’s Commentary on Psalm 37

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Notes from Artur Weiser, The Psalms: A Commentary, Old Testament Library, (Philadelphia: Westminister Press, 1962).

Psalm 37

Verse 5: Commit your ways to the Lord, trust and hope in God, who will do everything well.

German: Befiehl dem Herrn deine Wege, und hoffe auf ihn; er wird’s wohl machen.

Note the famous hymn by Paul Gerhardt:

Befiehl du deine Wege“

was translated by John Wesley and can be found in the old red Service Book and Hymnal, #579

“Put thou thy trust in God.”

Psalm 37 strings proverbs together and is written as an acrostic using the consecutive letters of the Hebrew alphabet to begin every other verse. Citations from Weiser’s commentary follow:

We must not lose our temper [and become furious] with the wicked, but keep trusting in God (page 315).

True confidence consists in leaving the things which are not under [our] control, confidently and patiently to God, who has all things in hand; [we] on the other hand, have only to take care that we faithfully fulfill the task which is allotted to us and do so in the place that is assigned to us (page 317).

The godly, who let everything be irradiated by [their] delight in God, can, as their hearts are filled with that joy, look forward to the fulfillment of the deepest desires of their hearts (page 317).

The Old Testament is aware of the fact (cf. Isaiah 7:4; 30:15) that to be still and wait for God is not something that falls into [our] lap, but is the reward for the victory which we have gained in the struggle of our soul against our own assertive human self; it is aware that this keeping of silence and waiting for God consists in the bearing and enduring of that tension into which [one] is continually thrown whenever [one] would like to see what, in fact, cannot be seen and yet must be believed (page 318).

The blessing of God inspires the godly to acts of generosity and helpfulness, expressed in joyful giving (page 320).

A life lived with God is full of hope and strength; without God it is doomed to destruction (page 323).

(Note that the language has been updated: “we” for “man,” “one” for “he,” and “their” for “his”.)

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January 30, 2010 at 8:22 am

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