The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BiblePsalms 42:3
My tears have been my meat day and night…
That is, he
could not eat for sorrow, like Hannah, 1Sa 1:7,8;
or while he was
eating tears fell in plenty, and they were as common, day and night, as
his food, and mixed with it F6; see (Psalms 80:5) ;
while they continually say unto me,
his enemies the Philistines,
where [is] thy God?
theirs were to be seen and pointed at, as the host
of heaven, the sun, moon, and stars, and idols of gold, silver, brass,
wood, and stone; wherefore they ask, where was his? but David's God was
invisible; he is in the heavens, and does what he pleases,
(Psalms 115:2,3) ; or the sense is, that if there was such a God he
believed in and professed, and he was his servant, surely he would
never have suffered him to fall into so much distress and calamity,
but would have appeared for his relief and deliverance; and therefore
tauntingly, and by way of reproach, ask where he was.
F6 "--lachrymaeque alimenta fuere", Ovid. Metamorph. l. 10. Fab. 1. v. 75.