1 To the chief Musician [natsach] on Neginoth, [nagiynah] A Psalm [mizmowr] of David. [David]
Hear [`anah] me when I call, [qara'] O God ['elohiym] of my
righteousness: [tsedeq] thou hast enlarged [rachab] me when I was in distress; [tsar] have mercy [chanan] upon
me, and hear [shama`] my prayer. [taphillah] KJV-Interlinear
choir director; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.
1 Answer me
when I call, O God of my righteousness! Thou hast relieved me in my distress;
Be gracious to me and hear my prayer. NASB
The word Neginoth, means
a stringed instrument. David is giving instructions to play this psalm set to
music played by a stringed instrument. Music is typically used to symbolize
Gods grace policy.
Answer when I call, is a
request in prayer for God to grant the request being made. The call is the
prayer and the answer is the expectation of a positive response from God in granting
God is the one to whom
the prayer is directed, God the Father. The Father is the only authorized
recipient of prayer. By example Jesus prayed to the Father. There is no other
person or thing to which prayer may be directed.
No prayer goes to any
human being, to any angel, to any animal or bird or fish. No prayer may be
directed to any dead thing or inanimate object like a rock or planet.
All prayers offered to
Mary or Jesus, or ancestors, or angels, or rocks or anything or anyone other
than the Father, are invalid. Certainly all prayers offered to idols or
religious objects, or false gods, are invalid.
God of my righteousness,
is the complete reference to the format and process of prayer. There is only
one way to pray, to the Father, in the name of the Son, and by the power of the
Holy Spirit. Prayer offered in any other way, or by any other means is
God is in the plural,
referring to the entire trinity and their function within prayer.
Righteousness, is Gods
righteousness, imputed to each person who believes in Christ. Prayer belongs to
believers only. Unbelievers who pray, do so without results.
The only prayer of the
unbeliever that is valid, is the prayer of believing in Christ. Ones expression
of faith is a type of prayer, which God accepts for salvation.
Enlarged, means to make
room or to enlarge space. God gives the believer who is in fellowship, room to
In distress, means in
times of trouble. Trouble of any kind.
When the believer finds
himself in trouble, and while he is functioning within his spiritual life, that
is, resides in fellowship, then God makes adequate room or time for prayer.
This space is always reserved for mature believers, and at times for immature believers,
depending on the nature of the trouble.
Sometimes, if the
believer has been negative toward his spiritual life, and has received adequate
warning, then trouble could easily come upon him and without space or time for
recovery. The negative believer, probably will not even think of praying
anyway. God knows the state of mind of each individual, and allows appropriate
room for prayer, under the circumstances.
Mercy, is grace in
action. This is the call for God to not just hear, but to act, and act with
favorable action for the believer.
Hear, again is repeated
for emphasis for action on Gods part, to bring aid as required, to the
Your spiritual status
determines the power, effectiveness, and results of your prayers.
The immature or marginal
or negative believer, bats zero most of the time. No obedience to Gods will, and
thus no favorable response from God, in prayer.
The believer who is
positive toward God, studies daily, is growing up in their spiritual life,
operates in the fellowship sphere (due to regular confession), is otherwise
obedient to Gods will, principles, mandates, and so forth, will have a powerful
and effective prayer life.
If your prayers do not seem
to work, then perhaps you need to examine your spiritual life and discover
where the weak links are within yourself, and then correct them, by changing
your spiritual growth pattern, or pattern of life.