P S A L M S
This psalm is much to the same purport with the
foregoing. Some think it was penned upon occasion of the desolation
and captivity of the ten tribes, as the foregoing psalm of the two.
But many were the distresses of the Israel of God, many perhaps
which are not recorded in the sacred history some whereof might
give occasion for the drawing up of this psalm, which is proper to
be sung in the day of Jacob's trouble, and if, in singing it, we
express a true love to the church and a hearty concern for its
interest, with a firm confidence in God's power to help it out of
its greatest distresses, we make melody with our hearts to the
Lord. The psalmist here, I. Begs for the tokens of God's presence
with them and favour to them, ver.
1-3. II. He complains of the present rebukes they were
under, ver. 4-7. III. He
illustrates the present desolations of the church, by the
comparison of a vine and a vineyard, which had flourished, but was
now destroyed, ver. 8-16.
IV. He concludes with prayer to God for the preparing of mercy for
them and the preparing of them for mercy, ver. 17-19. This, as many psalms before
and after, relates to the public interests of God's Israel, which
ought to lie nearer to our hearts than any secular interest of our