P S A L M S
This psalm, and the ten that next follow it, carry
the name of Asaph in the titles of them. If he was the penman of
them (as many think), we rightly call them psalms of Asaph. If he
was only the chief musician, to whom they were delivered, our
marginal reading is right, which calls them psalms for Asaph. It is
probable that he penned them; for we read of the words of David and
of Asaph the seer, which were used in praising God in Hezekiah's
time, 2 Chron. xxix. 30.
Though the Spirit of prophecy by sacred songs descended chiefly on
David, who is therefore styled "the sweet psalmist of Israel," yet
God put some of that Spirit upon those about him. This is a psalm
of great use; it gives us an account of the conflict which the
psalmist had with a strong temptation to envy the prosperity of
wicked people. He begins his account with a sacred principle, which
he held fast, and by the help of which he kept his ground and
carried his point, ver. 1.
He then tells us, I. How he got into the temptation, ver. 2-14. II. How he got out of
the temptation and gained a victory over it, ver. 15-20. III. How he got by the
temptation and was the better for it, ver. 21-23. If, in singing this psalm, we
fortify ourselves against the life temptation, we do not use it in
vain. The experiences of others should be our instructions.