The Treasury of David

The Treasury of David is one of several C.H. Spurgeon books that are in the public domain. If you propose to study the Psalms, I suggest you download this as a companion for your other references.

Psalm 64

Explanatory Notes and Quaint Sayings
Hints to the Village Preacher

TITLE.To the Chief Musician. The leader of the choir, for the time being, is charged with this song. It was well if the chief musicians of all our congregations estimated their duty at its due solemnity, for it is no mean thing to be called to lead the sacred song of God’s people, and the responsibility is by no means light. A Psalm of David. His life was one of conflict, and very seldom does he finish a Psalm without mentioning his enemies; in this instance, his thoughts are wholly occupied with prayer against them.

DIVISION. From Ps 64:1-6 he describes the cruelty and craftiness of his foes, and from Ps 64:7-10 he prophesies their overthrow.

Verse 8. (first clause).

In these cases,
We still have judgment here, that we but teach
Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return
To plague the inventor: This even-handed justice
Commends the ingredients of our poisoned chalice
To our own lips. William Shakespeare.

Verse 8. Their own tongue falls upon themselves. That is, their own words shall be brought as a testimony against them, and condemn them. “The tongue is a little member” (Jas 3:5), and therefore a light member; yet it falls heavy, as heavy as lead. A man was better to have his house fall upon him than that, in this sense, his tongue should fall upon him. Some have been pressed to death because they would not speak, but stood mute before the judge; but more have been pressed to death by their sinful freedom, or rather licentiousness in speaking; this hath brought them to judgment and cast them in judgment… A strange thing, that the fall of a man’s tongue should oppress his body and whole estate; yet so it is, the weight of a man’s tongue falling upon him crushes him to powder. Joseph Caryl.

Verse 8. Their own tongue falls upon themselves. The arrows of idle words, though shot out of sight, and possibly quite forgotten, will hereafter drop down upon the heads of such as drew the bow. Words are but wind, is the common saying, but they are such wind as will either blow the soul to its haven of rest, if holy, wholesome, savory, spiritual, and tending to edification, or else sink it into the Dead Sea and bottomless gulf of eternal misery, if idle, profane, frothy, and unprofitable. Edward Reyner (1600-1670) in “Rules for the Government of the Tongue.”

Singing Psalms 64

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