P S A L M S
The four preceding psalms seem to have been penned
by David before his accession to the crown, when he was persecuted
by Saul; this seems to have been penned afterwards, when he was
still in trouble (for there is no condition in this world
privileged with an exemption from trouble), the neighbouring
nations molesting him and giving him disturbance, especially the
Philistines, 2 Sam. v. 17.
In this psalm, I. He acknowledges, with triumph and thankfulness,
the great goodness of God to him in advancing him to the government
, ver. 1-4. II. He prays
to God to help him against the enemies who threatened him,
ver. 5-8 and again ver.
11. III. He rejoices in the assurance of victory over
them, ver. 9, 10. IV. He
prays for the prosperity of his own kingdom, and pleases himself
with the hopes of it, ver.
12-15. In singing this psalm we may give God the glory
of our spiritual privileges and advancements, and fetch in help
from him against our spiritual enemies; we may pray for the
prosperity of our souls, of our families, and of our land; and, in
the opinion of some of the Jewish writers, we may refer the psalm
to the Messiah and his kingdom.