CAPH. My soul
; properly a breathing
creature, that is, animal
or (abstractly) vitality
; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental).
A primitive root; to end
, whether intransitively (to cease
, be finished
) or transitively (to complete
Stem - Qal (See H8851
Mood - Perfect (See H8816
Count - 12562
for thy salvation:
in the sense of H3467
(literally or figuratively, personal, national or spiritual).
] I hope
A primitive root; to wait
; by implication to be patient
Stem - Piel (See H8840
Mood - Perfect (See H8816
Count - 2121
in thy word.
; a word
; by implication a matter
of) or thing
; adverbially a cause
Caph. (Psalm 119:81-88).
_ _ In sorrow the pious heart yearns for the comforts of God’s promises (Psalms 73:26; Psalms 84:2).
_ _ Here we have the psalmist,
_ _ I. Longing for help from heaven: My soul faints; my eyes fail. He longs for the salvation of the Lord and for his word, that is, salvation according to the word. He is not thus eager for the creatures of fancy, but for the objects of faith, salvation from the present calamities under which he was groaning and the doubts and fears which he was oppressed with. It may be understood of the coming of the Messiah, and so he speaks in the name of the Old Testament church; the souls of the faithful even fainted to see that salvation of which the prophets testified. (1 Peter 1:10); their eyes failed for it. Abraham saw it at a distance, and so did others, but at such a distance that it put their eyes to the stretch and they could not stedfastly see it. David was now under prevailing dejections, and, having been long so, his eyes cried our, “When wilt thou comfort me? Comfort me with thy salvation, comfort me with thy word.” Observe, 1. The salvation and consolation of God's people are secured to them by the word, which will certainly be fulfilled in its season. 2. The promised salvation and comfort may be, and often are, long deferred, so that they are ready to faint and fall in the expectation of them. 3. Though we think the time long ere the promised salvation and comfort come, yet we must still keep our eye upon that salvation, and resolve to take up with nothing short of it. “Thy salvation, thy word, thy comfort, are what my heart is still upon.”
_ _ II. Waiting for that help, assured that it will come, and tarrying till it come: But I hope in thy word; and but for hope the heart would break. When the eyes fail yet the faith must not; for the vision is for an appointed time, and at the end it shall speak and shall not lie.
Fainteth With long desire and earnest expectation.
CAPH. My soul (a) fainteth for thy salvation: [but] I hope in thy word.
(a) Though my strength fails me, yet my soul groans and sighs, resting still in your word.
Psalms 119:20 My soul breaketh for the longing [that it hath] unto thy judgments at all times.
Psalms 119:40 Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.
Psalms 42:1-2 [[To the chief Musician, Maschil, for the sons of Korah.]] As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. ... My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?
Psalms 73:26 My flesh and my heart faileth: [but] God [is] the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
Psalms 84:2 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.
Song of Songs 5:8 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I [am] sick of love.
Revelation 3:15-16 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. ... So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
- but I:
Psalms 119:42 So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.
Psalms 119:74 They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.
Psalms 119:77 Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law [is] my delight.
Psalms 119:114 Thou [art] my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.
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