Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible
The writer celebrates the deliverance from extreme perils by which he
was favored, and pledges grateful and pious public acknowledgments.
1, 2. A truly grateful love will be evinced by acts of worship, which
calling on God expresses
Ps 55:16; 86:7;
Ps 17:6; 31:2).
3, 4. For similar figures for distress see
Ps 18:4, 5.
gat hold upon me--Another sense ("found") of the same word follows,
as we speak of disease finding us, and of our finding or catching
5-8. The relief which he asked is the result not of his merit, but
of God's known pity and tenderness, which is acknowledged in assuring
himself (his "soul,"
Ps 11:1; 16:10)
of rest and peace. All calamities
are represented by death, tears, and falling of the feet
9. walk before the Lord--act, or live under His favor and guidance
land of the living--
10, 11. Confidence in God opposed to distrust of men, as not reliable
(Ps 68:8, 9).
He speaks from an experience of the result of his faith.
11. in my haste--literally, "terror," or "agitation," produced by his
12-14. These are modes of expressing acts of worship (compare
13. the cup of salvation--the drink offering which was part of the
"Oh, that (I may do it)" in the presence, &c.
15, 16. By the plea of being a homeborn servant, he intimates his
claim on God's covenant love to His people.
17-19. An ampler declaration of his purpose, designating the place,
the Lord's house, or earthly residence in Jerusalem.