P S A L M S
Some think that David penned this psalm at the
time of Absalom's rebellion; others that Daniel, Nehemiah, or some
other prophet, penned it for the use of the church, when it was in
captivity in Babylon, because it seems to speak of the ruin of Zion
and of a time set for the rebuilding of it, which Daniel understood
by books, Dan. ix. 2. Or
perhaps the psalmist was himself in great affliction, which he
complains of in the beginning of the psalm, but (as in Ps. lxxvii. and elsewhere) he
comforts himself under it with the consideration of God's eternity,
and the church's prosperity and perpetuity, how much soever it was
now distressed and threatened. But it is clear, from the
application of ver. 25,
26, to Christ (Heb. i.
10-12), that the psalm has reference to the days of the
Messiah, and speaks either of his affliction or of the afflictions
of his church for his sake. In the psalm we have, I. A sorrowful
complaint which the psalmist makes, either for himself or in the
name of the church, of great afflictions, which were very pressing,
ver. 1-11. II.
Seasonable comfort fetched in against these grievances, 1. From the
eternity of God, ver. 12, 24,
27. 2. From a believing prospect of the deliverance
which God would, in due time, work for his afflicted church
(ver. 13-22) and the
continuance of it in the world, ver.
28. In singing this psalm, if we have not occasion to
make the same complaints, yet we may take occasion to sympathize
with those that have, and then the comfortable part of this psalm
will be the more comfortable to us in the singing of it.