P S A L M S
This psalm begins with praise and concludes with
prayer, and faith is at work in both. I. David here gives thanks to
God for mercies to himself, ver.
1-5. II. He prays to God for mercies for the land,
pleading the promises of God and putting them in suit, ver. 6-13. The former part it
taken out of Ps. lvii.
7, &c., the latter out of Ps. lx. 5, &c., and both with
very little variation, to teach us that we may in prayer use the
same words that we have formerly used, provided it be with new
affections. It intimates likewise that it is not only allowable,
but sometimes convenient, to gather some verses out of one psalm
and some out of another, and to put them together, to be sung to
the glory of God. In singing this psalm we must give glory to God
and take comfort to ourselves.