P S A L M S
David was a weeping prophet as well as Jeremiah,
and this psalm is one of his lamentations: either it was penned in
a time, or at least calculated for a time, of great trouble, both
outward and inward. Is any afflicted? Is any sick? Let him sing
this psalm. The method of this psalm is very observable, and what
we shall often meet with. He begins with doleful complaints, but
ends with joyful praises; like Hannah, who went to prayer with a
sorrowful spirit, but, when she had prayed, went her way, and her
countenance was no more sad. Three things the psalmist is here
complaining of:—1. Sickness of body. 2. Trouble of mind, arising
from the sense of sin, the meritorious cause of pain and sickness.
3. The insults of his enemies upon occasion of both. Now here, I.
He pours out his complaints before God, deprecates his wrath, and
begs earnestly for the return of his favour, ver. 1-7. II. He assures himself of an answer
of peace, shortly, to his full satisfaction, ver. 8-10. This psalm is like the book of