P S A L M S
It is the conjecture of many expositors that David
penned this psalm upon occasion of Absalom's rebellion, and that
the particular enemy he here speaks of, that dealt treacherously
with him, was Ahithophel; and some will therefore make David's
troubles here typical of Christ's sufferings, and Ahithophel's
treachery a figure of Judas's, because they both hanged themselves.
But there is nothing in it particularly applied to Christ in the
New Testament. David was in great distress when he penned this
psalm. I. He prays that God would manifest his favour to him, and
pleads his own sorrow and fear, ver.
1-8. II. He prays that God would manifest his
displeasure against his enemies, and pleads their great wickedness
and treachery, ver. 9-15 and
again ver. 20, 21. III. He assures himself that God
would, in due time, appear for him against his enemies, comforts
himself with the hopes of it, and encourages others to trust in
God, ver. 16-19 and again
ver. 22, 23. In singing this psalm we may, if there be
occasion, apply it to our own troubles; if not, we may sympathize
with those to whose case it comes nearer, foreseeing that there
will be, at last, indignation and wrath to the persecutors,
salvation and joy to the persecuted.