by C. H. Spurgeon
This work was first published by the London Metropolitan Tabernacle's periodical, The Sword and the Trowel. Spurgeon offers verse-by-verse commentary, followed by detailed explanatory notes, quotations, and sayings from sound theologians and pastors for each verse. The commentary on Psalm 37 also contains suggestions for preaching and teaching, including illustrations, themes, and other tips.
TITLE. Of David. There is but this word to denote the authorship; whether it was a song or a meditation we are not told. It was written by David in his old age Ps 37:25, and is the more valuable as the record of so varied an experience.
SUBJECT. The great riddle of the prosperity of the wicked and the affliction of the righteous, which has perplexed so many, is here dealt with in the light of the future; and fretfulness and repining are most impressively forbidden. It is a Psalm in which the Lord hushes most sweetly the too common repinings of his people, and calms their minds as to his present dealings with his own chosen flock, and the wolves by whom they are surrounded. It contains eight great precepts, is twice illustrated by autobiographical statements, and abounds in remarkable contrasts.
DIVISION. The Psalm can scarcely be divided into considerable sections. It resembles a chapter of the book of Proverbs, most of the verses being complete in themselves. It is an alphabetical Psalm: in somewhat broken order, the first letters of the verses follow the Hebrew alphabet. This may have been not only a poetical invention, but a help to memory. The reader is requested to read the Psalm through without comment before he turns to our exposition.
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Explanatory Notes and Quaint Sayings
Hints to the Village Preacher