"Many there be which say of my soul,
There is no help for him in God. Selah."
David complains before his loving God of
the worst weapon of his enemies' attacks,
and the bitterest drop of his distresses.
"Oh!" saith David, "many there be that say
of my soul, There is no help for him in God."
Some of his distrustful friends said this
sorrowfully, but his enemies exultingly
boasted of it, and longed to see their words
proved by his total destruction. This was
the unkindest cut of all, when they declared
that his God had forsaken him. Yet David knew
in his own conscience that he had given them
some ground for this exclamation, for he had
committed sin against God in the very light of
Then they flung his crime with Bathsheba into
his face, and they said, "Go up, thou bloody man;
God hath forsaken thee and left thee." Shimei
cursed him, and swore at him to his very face,
for he was bold because of his backers, since
multitudes of the men of Belial thought of David
in like fashion. Doubtless, David felt this
infernal suggestion to be staggering to his faith.
If all the trials which come from heaven, all the
temptations which ascend from hell, and all the
crosses which arise from earth, could be mixed
and pressed together, they would not make a trial
so terrible as that which is contained in this
verse. It is the most bitter of all afflictions
to be led to fear that there is no help for us in
And yet remember our most blessed Saviour had to
endure this in the deepest degree when he cried,
"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" He
knew full well what is was to walk in darkness and
to see no light. This was the curse of the curse.
This was the wormwood mingled with the gall. To be
deserted of his Father was worse than to be the
despised of men. Surely we should love him who
suffered this bitterest of temptations and trials
for our sake. It will be a delightful and instructive
exercise for the loving heart to mark the Lord in
his agonies as here portrayed, for there is here, and
in very many other Psalms, far more of David's Lord
than of David himself.