John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible
- The church commemorates past mercies, verse 1-8.
- Complains of present troubles, verse 9-16.
- Professes her integrity, verse 17-22.
- Prays for succour, verse 23-26.
- To the chief musician for the sons of Korah, Maschil.
My king - The whole people speak as one man, being united in one body.
Scattered - Those who were not slain are carried into captivity, and dispersed in several places.
Avenger - Who executeth both God's and his own vengeance upon me.
Yet - Although we cannot excuse ourselves from many other sins, yet through thy grace we have kept ourselves from apostacy and idolatry, notwithstanding all examples and provocations.
Turned - From thy worship to idols.
Broken us - By inflicting upon us one breach after another, thou hast at last brought us to this pass. The place - A place extremely desolate, such as dragons love, Isaiah 13:21,22, and therefore full of horror, and danger. Covered us - With deadly horrors and miseries.
Yea - Because we are constant in thy worship, which they abhor.
Our soul - Our persons. Our belly - We are not only thrown down to the earth, but we lie there like dead carcases.