Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible
David probably composed this Psalm to express the prayers of the pious
for his success as at once the head of the Church and nation. Like
other compositions of which David in such relations is the subject, its
sentiments have a permanent value--the prosperity of Christ's kingdom
being involved, as well as typified, in that of Israel and its
1. hear thee--graciously
name of--or manifested perfections, as power, wisdom, &c.
defend thee--set thee on high from danger
(Ps 9:9; 18:3).
2. strengthen thee--sustain in conflict; even physical benefits
may be included, as courage for war, &c., as such may proceed from a
sense of divine favor, secured in the use of spiritual privileges.
3. all thy offerings--or gifts, vegetable offerings.
accept--literally, "turn to ashes" (compare
4. thy counsel--or plan.
5. salvation--that wrought and experienced by him.
set up our banners--
(Nu 2:3, 10).
In usual sense, or, as some render, "may we be made great."
6. He speaks as if suddenly assured of a hearing.
his anointed--not only David personally, but as the specially
appointed head of His Church.
his holy heaven--or, literally, "the heavens of His holiness," where
(Ps 2:6; 11:4).
saving . . . hand--His power which brings salvation.
7. remember--or cause to remember, mention thankfully
8. They--that is, who trust in horses, &c.
stand upright--literally, "we have straightened ourselves up from
our distress and fears."
9. let the king hear--as God's representative, delivered to deliver.
Perhaps a better sense is, "LORD, save the king; hear us when we call,"