John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible
- Probably this psalm was wrote by Solomon to be sung at the dedication of the temple, of which he desires God would come and take possession, verse 8, 9, 10.
- With these words he concluded his prayer, 2 Chronicles 6:41,42. He pleads David's piety towards God, verse 1-7.
- And God's promise to David, verse 11-18.
- A song of degrees.
Afflictions - All his sufferings for thy sake.
Until - Until I have raised an house in which the ark may be put.
It - Of the ark. Ephratah - In the tribe of Ephraim, which was called also Ephratah. Found it - Afterwards we found it in Kirjath-jearim, which signifies a city of woods, in the territory whereof the ark was seated for twenty years.
Tabernacles - Into his temple. Footstool - The ark, is often said to sit between the cherubim, which were above the ark.
Rest - Into thy resting place, the temple so called, Isaiah 66:1, where thou hast now a fixed habitation. The ark - The seat of thy powerful and glorious presence.
David's sake - In regard of thy promises vouchsafed to David. Turn not - Cast me not out of thy presence. Of - Of me whom thou hast anointed to be king over thy people.
Salvation - With thy saving graces and blessings.
There - In Jerusalem. To bud - His power and glory to flourish. A lamp - A successor to continue for ever in his family, as this phrase is expounded 1 Kings 11:36; , and particularly one eminent and glorious light, namely, the Messiah.