Ps 143:1-12. In structure and style, like the
preceding (Psalms 104-142), this Psalm is clearly evinced to be
David's. It is a prayer for pardon, and for relief from enemies;
afflictions, as usual, producing confession and penitence.
1. in thy faithfulness … and …
righteousness—or, God's regard to the claims which He has
permitted His people to make in His covenant.
2. enter … judgment—deal not in
shall no … justified—or, "is no
man justified," or "innocent" (Job 14:3; Ro 3:20).
3, 4. The exciting reason for his
prayer—his afflictions—led to confession as just made: he
now makes the complaint.
as those that have been long
dead—deprived of life's comforts (compare Ps 40:15;
5, 6. The distress is aggravated by the
contrast of former comfort (Ps 22:3-5),
for whose return he longs.
a thirsty land—which needs rain, as
did his spirit God's gracious visits (Ps 28:1; 89:17).
7. spirit faileth—is exhausted.
8. (Compare Ps 25:1-4; 59:16).
the way … walk—that is, the way
of safety and righteousness (Ps 142:3-6).
9. (Compare Ps 31:15-20).
10. (Compare Ps 5:8; 27:11).
land of uprightness—literally, "an
even land" (Ps 26:12).
11. (Compare Ps 23:3; 119:156).
12. God's mercy to His people is often wrath
to His and their enemies (compare Ps 31:17).
thy servant—as chosen to be such,
entitled to divine regard.