Ps 63:1-11. The historical occasion referred to by
the title was probably during Absalom's rebellion (compare 2Sa 15:23, 28;
16:2). David expresses an
earnest desire for God's favor, and a confident expectation of
realizing it in his deliverance and the ruin of his enemies.
1. early … seek thee—earnestly
26:9). The figurative
dry and thirsty—literally, "weary,"
denoting moral destitution, suited his outward circumstances.
whole man (Ps 16:9, 10).
2. The special object of desire was God's
perfections as displayed in his worship (Ps 27:4).
3. Experiencing God's mercy, which exceeds all
the blessings of life, his lips will be opened for his praise (Ps 51:15).
4. Thus—literally, "Truly."
will I bless—praise Thee (Ps 34:1).
lift up my hands—in worship (compare
in thy name—in praise of Thy
5-8. Full spiritual blessings satisfy his
desires, and acts of praise fill his thoughts and time.
6. night—as well as day. Past favors
assure him of future, and hence he presses earnestly near to God, whose
power sustains him (Ps 17:8; 60:5).
9, 10. those … to destroy it—or
literally, "to ruin," or, "for ruin"; that is, such as seek to injure
me (are) for ruin, appointed to it (compare Ps 35:8).
shall go … earth—into the grave,
or, to death; as their bodies are represented as a portion
10. foxes—literally, "jackals."
11. the king—that is, David himself, and
all who reverence God, "shall share a glorious part," while treacherous
foes shall be for ever silenced (Ps 62:4).