P S A L M S
This psalm is entitled "a prayer of David;"
probably it was not penned upon any particular occasion, but was a
prayer he often used himself, and recommended to others for their
use, especially in a day of affliction. Many think that David
penned this prayer as a type of Christ, "who in the days of his
flesh offered up strong cries," Heb. v.
7. David, in this prayer (according to the nature of
that duty), I. Gives glory to God, ver. 8-10, 12, 13. II. Seeks for
grace and favour from God, that God would hear his prayers (
ver. 1, 6, 7), preserve
and save him, and be merciful to him ( ver. 2, 3, 16), that he would give him
joy, and grace, and strength, and put honour upon him, ver. 4, 11, 17. He pleads God's
goodness ( ver. 5, 15)
and the malice of his enemies, ver.
14. In singing this we must, as David did, lift up our
souls to God with application.