Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible
On the ground of former mercies, the Psalmist prays for renewed
blessings, and, confidently expecting them, rejoices.
1. captivity--not necessarily the Babylonian, but any great evil
2, 3. (Compare
3. To turn from the "fierceness," implies that He was reconcilable,
4-7. having still occasion for the anger which is deprecated.
5. draw out--or, "prolong"
8. He is confident God will favor His penitent people
(Ps 51:17; 80:18).
9. They are here termed "them that fear him"; and grace produces
10. God's promises of "mercy" will be verified by His "truth" (compare
Ps 25:10; 40:10);
and the "work of righteousness" in His holy government shall be "peace"
There is an implied contrast with a dispensation under which God's
truth sustains His threatened wrath, and His righteousness inflicts
misery on the wicked.
11. Earth and heaven shall abound with the blessings of this
12, 13. and, under this, the deserted land shall be productive, and
men be "set," or guided in God's holy ways. Doubtless, in this
description of God's returning favor, the writer had in view that more
glorious period, when Christ shall establish His government on God's
reconciled justice and abounding mercy.