P S A L M S
It should seem David penned this psalm upon
occasion of his deliverance, by the power and goodness of God, from
some great and pressing trouble, by which he was in danger of being
overwhelmed; probably it was some trouble of mind arising from a
sense of sin and of God's displeasure against him for it; whatever
it was, the same Spirit that indited his praises for that
deliverance was in him, at the same time, a Spirit of prophecy,
testifying of the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should
follow; or, ere he was aware, he was led to speak of his
undertaking, and the discharge of his undertaking, in words that
must be applied to Christ only; and therefore how far the praises
that here go before that illustrious prophecy, and the prayers that
follow, may safely and profitably be applied to him it will be
worth while to consider. In this psalm, I. David records God's
favour to him in delivering him out of his deep distress, with
thankfulness to his praise, ver.
1-5. II. Thence he takes occasion to speak of the work
of our redemption by Christ, ver.
6-10. III. That gives him encouragement to pray to God
for mercy and grace both for himself and for his friends, ver. 11-17. If, in singing this
psalm, we mix faith with the prophecy of Christ, and join in
sincerity with the praises and prayers here offered up, we make
melody with our hearts to the Lord.