P S A L M S
Some of the Jewish doctors are of opinion that
this is the most excellent of all the psalms of David; and a very
pious devout meditation it is upon the doctrine of God's
omniscience, which we should therefore have our hearts fixed upon
and filled with in singing this psalm. I. This doctrine is here
asserted, and fully laid down, ver.
1-6. II. It is confirmed by two arguments:—1. God is
every where present; therefore he knows all, ver. 7-12. 2. He made us, therefore he
knows us, ver. 13-16.
III. Some inferences are drawn from this doctrine. 1. It may fill
us with pleasing admiration of God, ver. 17, 18. 2. With a holy dread and
detestation of sin and sinners, ver. 19-22. 3. With a holy satisfaction
in our own integrity, concerning which we may appeal to God,
ver. 23, 24. This great
and self-evident truth, That God knows our hearts, and the hearts
of all the children of men, if we did but mix faith with it and
seriously consider it and apply it, would have a great influence
upon our holiness and upon our comfort.