Ps 71:1-24. The Psalmist, probably in old age,
appeals to God for help from his enemies, pleading his past favors, and
stating his present need; and, in confidence of a hearing, he promises
his grateful thanks and praise.
1-3. (Compare Ps 30:1-3).
3. given commandment—literally,
"ordained," as in Ps 44:4; 68:28.
rock … fortress—(Ps 18:2).
4, 5. cruel man—corrupt and
5. trust—place of trust.
6-9. His history from early infancy
illustrated God's care, and his wonderful deliverances were at once
occasions of praise and ground of confidence for the future.
my praise … of thee—literally,
"in" or "by Thee" (Ps 22:25).
10, 11. The craft and malicious taunts of his
enemies now led him to call for aid (compare the terms used, 2Sa
17:12; Ps 3:2; 7:2).
12. (Compare Ps 22:19; 40:4).
13. (Compare Ps 35:4; 40:14).
14-16. The ruin of his enemies, as
illustrating God's faithfulness, is his deliverance, and a reason for
15. for I know …
thereof—innumerable, as he had not time to count them.
16. in the strength—or, relying on
thy righteousness—or, faithful
performance of promises to the pious (Ps 7:17; 31:1).
17-21. Past experience again encourages.
taught me, &c.—by providential
19. is very high—distinguished (Ps 36:5;
20. depths of the earth—debased, low
21. increase, &c.—that is, the great
things done for me (Ps 71:19;
22-24. To the occasion of praise he now adds
the promise to render it.
will … praise—literally, "will
even thy truth—as to Thy truth or