Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible
To Jeduthun--(See on
title). In a time of great affliction, when ready to despair, the
Psalmist derives relief from calling to mind God's former and wonderful
works of delivering power and grace.
1. expresses the purport of the Psalm.
2. his importunacy.
my sore ran . . . night--literally, "my hand was spread," or,
"stretched out" (compare
ceased not--literally, "grew not numb," or, "feeble"
my soul . . . comforted--(compare
3-9. His sad state contrasted with former joys.
was troubled--literally, "violently agitated," or disquieted
(Ps 39:6; 41:5).
my spirit was overwhelmed--or, "fainted"
4. holdest . . . waking--or, "fast," that I cannot sleep. Thus he is
led to express his anxious feelings in several earnest questions
indicative of impatient sorrow.
10. Omitting the supplied words, we may read, "This is my
affliction--the years of," &c., "years" being taken as parallel to
as of God's ordering.
11, 12. He finds relief in contrasting God's former deliverances.
Shall we receive good at His hands, and not evil? Both are orderings
of unerring mercy and unfailing love.
13. Thy way . . . in the sanctuary--God's ways of grace and providence
(Ps 22:3; 67:2),
ordered on holy principles, as developed in His worship; or implied in
His perfections, if "holiness" be used for "sanctuary," as some prefer
14-20. Illustrations of God's power in His special interventions
for His people
and, in the more common, but sublime, control of nature
which may have attended those miraculous events
15. Jacob and Joseph--representing all.
19. waters . . . , footsteps--may refer to His actual leading the
people through the sea, though also expressing the mysteries of