Doxology end to the first book (Ps 41:13-41:13)

“Blessed be Yahweh!

The God of Israel!

From everlasting to everlasting!

Amen and Amen.”

There is a shout out to Yahweh. As the end of this psalm, this praise of Yahweh closes out the first book of psalms. He was and is the God of Israel forever. The response of all, like the great ending of all doxologies or prayers to God is “Amen, Amen.”

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Prayer for help (Ps 41:10-41:12)

“But You!

Yahweh!

Be gracious to me!

Raise me up!

Thus I may repay them.

By this I know

That you are pleased with me.

My enemy has not triumphed over me.

But you have upheld me

Because of my integrity.

You have set me in your presence forever.”

David prayed to Yahweh. Once again he wanted Yahweh to be gracious to him and raise him up out of his sick bed. Then he would be able to repay all those who were not kind to him. David knew that Yahweh was pleased with him because his enemy had not defeated him. He had been sustained by Yahweh because of his integrity. Therefore he would be in the presence of Yahweh forever. Is this an indication of eternal life?

The deadly illness (Ps 41:8-41:9)

“They think

That a deadly thing has fastened on me.

I will not rise again

From where I lie.

Even my bosom friend,

In whom I trusted,

Who ate of my bread,

Has lifted his heel against me.”

Both David’s enemies and friends have turned against him during this deadly illness. The enemies thought that he would never get out of bed again. Even some friend, whom he trusted and broke bread with, had lifted his heel against him. David was feeling very lonely. Everyone was waiting for his death.

The sick David (Ps 41:4-41:7)

“As for me,

I said.

‘Yahweh!

Be gracious to me!

Heal me!

I have sinned against you!’

My enemies wonder in malice.

‘When I will die?

When will my name perish?’

When they come to see me,

They utter empty words.

While their hearts gather mischief,

When they go out,

They tell it abroad.

All who hate me

Whisper together about me.

They imagine the worst for me.”

David asks Yahweh to be gracious to him. He seems to have some kind of deadly illness. David admitted that he had sinned, but he still wanted to be healed. His enemies were malicious. They wondered when he would die. They wanted to see his name forgotten. However, they did come to see him with empty words. They were mischievous as they went to those who hated him. They whispered about him as they imagined the worst for him.

Those who help the poor (Ps 41:1-41:3)

To the choirmaster leader, a psalm of David

“Happy are those who consider the poor!

Yahweh delivers them in the day of trouble.

Yahweh protects them.

Yahweh keeps them alive.

They are called happy in the land.

You do not give him up to the will of their enemies.

Yahweh sustains them on their sickbed.

In their illness

You heal all their infirmities.”

Psalm 41 is another generic psalm of David with a choral leader, as the last psalm of the first book or section of psalms. The people who consider the poor will be rewarded. Yahweh will rescue them in the days of trouble. He will protect them and keep them alive. They are the truly happy ones. Yahweh will not give them up to their enemies. Yet he will sustain them in their sickness. He will heal them. Yahweh will be kind to those who care for the poor.