John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible
- David declares his confidence in God, verse 1-3.
- His desire to be in the house of God, verse 4-6.
- He prays for light and salvation, verse 7-12.
- And exhorts others to wait upon God, verse 13, 14.
- A psalm of David.
Light - My counsellor in all my difficulties, and my comforter and deliverer in all my distresses. Strength - The supporter and preserver of my life.
In this - That God is my light.
Dwell. &c. - Have opportunity of constant attendance upon God. To behold - That there I may delight myself, in the contemplation of thy amiable and glorious majesty, and of thy infinite wisdom, holiness, justice, truth, and mercy.
The secret - In his tabernacle, into which mine enemies cannot come. He alludes to the ancient custom of offenders, who used to flee to the tabernacle or altar. Rock - A place high and inaccessible.
Away - From thy face or presence, or from the place of thy worship.
Because of - That I may neither fall into their hands by my folly, nor give them any occasion of triumphing over me.
The living - David was thus earnestly desirous of this mercy in this life, not because he placed his portion in these things; but because the truth and glory of God, were highly concerned in making good the promise of the kingdom to him.