P S A L M S
The foregoing psalm was penned by David when he
was old, and, it should seem, so was this too; for Solomon was now
standing fair for the crown; that was his prayer for himself, this
for his son and successor, and with these two the prayers of David
the son of Jesse are ended, as we find in the close of this psalm.
If we have but God's presence with us while we live, and good hopes
concerning those that shall come after us that they shall be
praising God on earth when we are praising him in heaven, it is
enough. This is entitled "a psalm for Solomon:" it is probable that
David dictated it, or, rather, that it was by the blessed Spirit
dictated to him, when, a little before he died, by divine direction
he settled the succession, and gave orders to proclaim Solomon
king, 1 Kings i. 30,
&c. But, though Solomon's name is here made use of, Christ's
kingdom is here prophesied of under the type and figure of
Solomon's. David knew what the divine oracle was, That "of the
fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up
Christ to sit on his throne," Acts ii.
30. To him he here bears witness, and with the prospect
of the glories of his kingdom he comforted himself in his dying
moments when he foresaw that his house would not be so with God,
not so great not so good, as he wished. David, in spirit, I. Begins
with a short prayer for his successor, ver. 1. II. He passes immediately into a long
prediction of the glories of his reign, ver. 2-17. And, III. He concludes with
praise to the God of Israel, ver.
18-20. In singing this psalm we must have an eye to
Christ, praising him as a King, and pleasing ourselves with our
happiness as his subjects.