Ps 57:1-11. Altaschith—or, "Destroy
not." This is perhaps an enigmatical allusion to the critical
circumstances connected with the history, for which compare 1Sa 22:1;
26:1-3. In Moses' prayer
9:26) it is a prominent
petition deprecating God's anger against the people. This explanation
suits the fifty-eighth and fifty-ninth also. Asaph uses it for the
seventy-fifth, in the scope of which there is allusion to some
emergency. Michtam—(See on Ps 16:1,
title). To an earnest cry for divine aid, the Psalmist adds, as often,
the language of praise, in the assured hope of a favorable hearing.
1. my soul—or self, or life, which is
shadow of thy wings—(Ps 17:8; 36:7).
2. performeth—or, completes what He has
3. from … swallow me up—that pants
in rage after me (Ps 56:2).
mercy and … truth—(Ps 25:10;
36:5), as messengers (Ps 43:3) sent to deliver him.
4. The mingled figures of wild beasts (Ps 10:9;
17:12) and weapons of war
11:2) heighten the picture of
whose … tongue—or slanders.
5. This doxology illustrates his view of the
connection of his deliverance with God's glory.
6. (Compare Ps 7:15; 9:15, 16).
7. I will … praise—both with voice
8. Hence—he addresses his glory, or
tongue (Ps 16:9; 30:12), and his psaltery, or lute, and
I myself … early—literally, "I
will awaken dawn," poetically expressing his zeal and diligence.
9, 10. As His mercy and truth, so shall His
praise, fill the universe.