Ps 123:1-4. An earnest and expecting prayer for
divine aid in distress.
1. (Compare Ps 121:1).
thou that dwellest—literally, "sittest
as enthroned" (compare Ps 2:4; 113:4, 5).
2. Deference, submission, and trust, are all
expressed by the figure. In the East, servants in attending on their
masters are almost wholly directed by signs, which require the
closest observance of the hands of the latter. The servants of God
should look (1) to His directing hand, to appoint them their work; (2)
to His supplying hand (Ps 104:28),
to give them their portion in due season; (3) to His protecting hand,
to right them when wronged; (4) to His correcting hand (Isa 9:13; 1Pe
5:6; compare Ge 16:6); (5) to His rewarding hand.
3. contempt—was that of the heathen,
and, perhaps, Samaritans (Ne 1:3; 2:19).
4. of those that are at
ease—self-complacently, disregarding God's law, and despising