P S A L M S
Though David's name be not in the title of this
psalm, yet we have reason to think he was the penman of it, because
it breathes so much of his excellent spirit and is so much like the
sixty-third psalm which was penned by him; it is supposed that
David penned this psalm when he was forced by Absalom's rebellion
to quit his city, which he lamented his absence from, not so much
because it was the royal city as because it was the holy city,
witness this psalm, which contains the pious breathings of a
gracious soul after God and communion with him. Though it be not
entitled, yet it may fitly be looked upon as a psalm or song for
the sabbath day, the day of our solemn assemblies. The psalmist
here with great devotion expresses his affection, I. To the
ordinances of God; his value for them (ver. 1), his desire towards them (ver. 2, 3), his conviction of the
happiness of those that did enjoy them (ver. 4-7), and his placing his own happiness
so very much in the enjoyment of them, ver. 10. II. To the God of the ordinances;
his desire towards him (ver. 8,
9), his faith in him (ver.
11), and his conviction of the happiness of those that
put their confidence in him, ver.
12. In singing this psalm we should have the same devout
affections working towards God that David had, and then the singing
of it will be very pleasant.