David's military force. (1-15) Princes and officers. (16-34)
In the kingdoms of this world readiness for war forms a
security for peace; in like manner, nothing so much encourages
Satan's assaults as to be unwatchful. So long as we stand armed
with the whole armour of God, in the exercise of faith, and
preparation of heart for the conflict, we shall certainly be
safe, and probably enjoy inward peace.
The officers of the court, or the rulers of the king's
substance, had the oversight and charge of the king's tillage,
his vineyards, his herds, his flocks, which formed the wealth of
eastern kings. Much of the wisdom of princes is seen in the
choice of their ministry, and common persons show it in the
choice of their advisers. David, though he had all these about
him, preferred the word of God before them all. Thy testimonies
are my delight and my counsellors.