When David was ill, many people came to visit him. David thought that they were his friends. They were not. They were looking for bad things to say about David. They wanted him to die so that there would be a new king. The new king would be Absalom, one of David's sons. You will find the story in 2 Samuel 15-18.
One of David's visitors was his best friend. This is in verse 9. We do not know who the ‘best friend’ was, but we do know that he was an unkind friend. Like the other visitors, he only came to find bad things to say about David.
Jesus repeated verse 9 just before he died. Our translation is from the Hebrew Bible. This is the Bible that the Jews still use. But 200 years before Jesus came to the earth they made another translation. It was in Greek. This was the Bible Jesus used in John 13:18. That is why the words are not the same. The unkind friend that Jesus had was Judas.
But there was also a good visitor. It was the LORD God. The psalm makes him sound like a nurse that made David well again. This was the Jews' way of saying that God helped David.
The Unkind Friend
Verses 1 – 3a: What the LORD will do for people that are kind to the poor. (3a means the first part of verse 3.)
Verses 3b – 4: David prays to the LORD. David thinks that God will do these things for him because David is kind to the poor and ill.
Verses 5-9: David writes about his unkind friends.
Verses 10-12: David finishes his prayer.
Verse 13: Words put in by the people that made the Book of Psalms. The words finish the First Book of Psalms, numbers 1-41.
This is for the music leader.
It is a psalm for David.
He will be happy where he lives.
The LORD will not give him to his enemies (for them)
to do what they want to do with him.
Every time that he is ill, you will make him well again.
They say ‘When will he die?
When will people forget his name?’
He fills his mind with bad things to say about me.
Then he goes out and tells everyone.
They hope that worse things will happen to me.
so he will never get up from his bed.’
He was someone that I
someone that I often ate food with in my home.
Raise me up so that I can
because my enemy does not shout over me that he has won.
You will always keep me near to you.
He always was the God of Israel and he always will be!