The Audience (Verses 1-6)
· The word “world” is the translation of an unusual Hebrew word that means “the total human scene, the
whole sphere of passing life.” 
· It’s not just a reference to the globe but all of humanity. This is a message addressed to all humans of all
· The Psalmists uses the language of wisdom (verse 4: “I will turn my ear to a proverb” and of prophecy (“I
will expound my riddle”)
· The author gives a basic statement of foundation for the prophetic wisdom that follows in verses 5-6: Why
should I fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me—
those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches?
 Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Worshipful, 1st ed. (Colorado Springs, Colo.: Cook Communications Ministries, 2004), 180-81.