John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible
- This psalm is a dialogue, wherein one declares the safety of them, who take God for their keeper, verse 1.
- David declares this to be his resolution, verse 2.
- Various promises are made to him, verse 3-13.
- Which God himself confirms, verse 14-16.
He - He that makes God his habitation and refuge.
Pestilence - From the pestilence, which like a fowler's snare takes men suddenly and unexpectedly.
By night - When evil accidents are most terrible and least avoidable. Arrow - The pestilence, or any such destructive calamity; such are frequently called God's arrows. By day - Thou shalt be kept from secret and open mischiefs.
Darkness - Invisibly, so that we can neither foresee nor prevent it.
Bear thee - Sustain or uphold thee in thy goings, as we do a child.
The lion - Shall lie prostrate at thy feet, and thou shalt securely put thy feet upon his neck. Dragon - By which he understands all pernicious creatures, though never so strong, and all sorts of enemies.
Because - This and the two following verses are the words of God.