- The psalmist complains of deep distress, and temptations to despair, verse 1-10.
- He encourages himself to hope, by the remembrance of what God had done formerly, verse 11-20.
- To the chief musician, to Jeduthun, A psalm of Asaph.
Night - Which to others was a time of rest and quietness.
Troubled - Yea, the thoughts of God were now a matter of trouble, because he was angry with me. Overwhelmed - So far was I from finding relief.
Waking - By continual grief.
The days - The mighty works of God in former times.
My song - The mercies of God vouchsafed to me, and to his people, which have obliged me to sing his praises, not only in the day, but also by night.
Cut off - His peculiar people.
I said - These suspicions of God's faithfulness proceed from the weakness of my faith. The years - The years wherein God hath done great and glorious works, which are often ascribed to God's right-hand.
In holiness - God is holy and just, and true in all his works.
Afraid - And stood still, as men astonished, do.
Poured - When the Israelites passed over the sea. Arrows - Hail-stones or lightnings.
Not known - Because the water returned and covered them.
Leddest - First through the sea, and afterwards through the wilderness, with singular care and tenderness, as a shepherd doth his sheep.