P S A L M S
This psalm, if penned with any particular event in
view, is with most probability made to refer to the destruction of
Jerusalem and the temple, and the woeful havoc made of the Jewish
nation by the Chaldeans under Nebuchadnezzar. It is set to the same
tune, as I may say, with the Lamentations of Jeremiah, and that
weeping prophet borrows two verses out of it (ver. 6, 7) and makes use of them in his
prayer, Jer. x. 25. Some
think it was penned long before by the spirit of prophecy, prepared
for the use of the church in that cloudy and dark day. Others think
that it was penned then by the spirit of prayer, either by a
prophet named Asaph or by some other prophet for the sons of Asaph.
Whatever the particular occasion was, we have here, I. A
representation of the very deplorable condition that the people of
God were in at this time, ver.
1-5. II. A petition to God for succour and relief, that
their enemies might be reckoned with (ver. 6, 7, 10, 12), that their sins
might be pardoned (ver. 8,
9), and that they might be delivered, ver. 11. III. A plea taken from the readiness
of his people to praise him, ver.
13. In times of the church's peace and prosperity this
psalm may, in the singing of it, give us occasion to bless God that
we are not thus trampled on and insulted. But it is especially
seasonable in a day of treading down and perplexity, for the
exciting of our desires towards God and the encouragement of our
faith in him as the church's patron.