P S A L M S
It is probable that David penned this psalm when
he had, after many a story, weathered his point at last, and gained
a full possession of the kingdom to which he had been anointed. He
then invites and stirs up his friends to join with him, not only in
a cheerful acknowledgment of God's goodness and a cheerful
dependence upon that goodness for the future, but in a believing
expectation of the promised Messiah, of whose kingdom and his
exaltation to it his were typical. To him, it is certain, the
prophet here bears witness, in the latter part of the psalm. Christ
himself applies it to himself (Matt.
xxi. 42), and the former part of the psalm may fairly,
and without forcing, be accommodated to him and his undertaking.
Some think it was first calculated for the solemnity of the
bringing of the ark to the city of David, and was afterwards sung
at the feast of tabernacles. In it, I. David calls upon all about
him to give to God the glory of his goodness, ver. 1-4. II. He encourages himself and
others to trust in God, from the experience he had had of God's
power and pity in the great and kind things he had done for him,
ver. 5-18. III. He gives
thanks for his advancement to the throne, as it was a figure of the
exaltation of Christ, ver.
19-23. IV. The people, the priests, and the psalmist
himself, triumph in the prospect of the Redeemer's kingdom,
ver. 24-29. In singing
this psalm we must glorify God for his goodness, his goodness to
us, and especially his goodness to us in Jesus Christ.