John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible
- David blesses God for his mercies, verse 1-4.
- Prays against his enemies, verse 5-8.
- Promises to praise him, verse9-11. The happiness of those who serve God, verse 12-15.
- A psalm of David.
Subdued - Who hath disposed my peoples hearts to receive and obey me as their king.
Come - To help me. Smoke - As Sinai did at thy glorious appearance, Exodus 19:18. This is a figurative and poetical description of God's coming to take vengeance upon his enemies.
Strange children - Either of the Heathen nations: or of the rebellious Israelites.
Vanity - Vain brags and threatenings which shall come to nothing. Falsehood - Deceiving themselves, by being unable to do what they designed; and others, by not giving them that help which they promised.
That - This mercy I beg not only for my own sake, but for the sake of thy people, that they may enjoy those blessings which thou hast promised them; and particularly, that our sons, who are the strength and hopes of a nation, may be like plants, flourishing and growing in height and strength, as plants do in their youth; for when they grow old, they wither and decay. Cornerstone - Strong and beautiful.
Breaking in - Of enemies invading the land, or assaulting our cities, and making breaches in their walls. Going out - Of our people, either out of the cities to fight with an invading enemy: or out of the land into captivity.