P S A L M S
After many psalms which David penned in a day of
distress this comes which was calculated for a day of triumph; it
was penned after he was settled in the throne, upon occasion of an
illustrious victory which God blessed his forces with over the
Syrians and Edomites; it was when David was in the zenith of his
prosperity, and the affairs of his kingdom seem to have been in a
better posture then ever they were either before or after. See
2 Sam. viii. 3, 13; 1
Chron. xviii. 3, 12. David, in prosperity, was as devout
as David in adversity. In this psalm, I. He reflects upon the bad
state of the public interests, for many years, in which God had
been contending with them, ver.
1-3. II. He takes notice of the happy turn lately given
to their affairs, ver. 4.
III. He prays for the deliverance of God's Israel from their
enemies, ver. 5. IV. He
triumphs in hope of their victories over their enemies, and begs of
God to carry them on and complete them, ver. 6-12. In singing this psalm we may
have an eye both to the acts of the church and to the state of our
own souls, both which have their struggles.