Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible
Altaschith--or, "Destroy not." This is perhaps an enigmatical
allusion to the critical circumstances connected with the history, for
1Sa 22:1; 26:1-3.
In Moses' prayer
it is a prominent petition deprecating God's anger against the people.
This explanation suits the fifty-eighth and fifty-ninth also. Asaph
uses it for the seventy-fifth, in the scope of which there is allusion
to some emergency. Michtam--(See on
title). To an earnest cry for divine aid, the Psalmist adds, as often,
the language of praise, in the assured hope of a favorable hearing.
1. my soul--or self, or life, which is threatened.
shadow of thy wings--
(Ps 17:8; 36:7).
(Ps 52:2; 55:10).
2. performeth--or, completes what He has begun.
3. from . . . swallow me up--that pants in rage after me
mercy and . . . truth--
(Ps 25:10; 36:5),
sent to deliver him.
4. The mingled figures of wild beasts
(Ps 10:9; 17:12)
and weapons of war
heighten the picture of danger.
whose . . . tongue--or slanders.
5. This doxology illustrates his view of the connection of his
deliverance with God's glory.
Ps 7:15; 9:15, 16).
7. I will . . . praise--both with voice and instrument.
8. Hence--he addresses his glory, or tongue
(Ps 16:9; 30:12),
and his psaltery, or lute, and harp.
I myself . . . early--literally, "I will awaken dawn," poetically
expressing his zeal and diligence.
9, 10. As His mercy and truth, so shall His praise, fill the universe.