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Jamieson, Fausset & Brown :: Commentary on Psalm 63

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The Book of Psalms

Commentary by A. R. FAUSSET

PSALM 63

Psa 63:1-11. The historical occasion referred to by the title was probably during Absalom's rebellion (compare 2Sa 15:23, 28 16:2 ). David expresses an earnest desire for God's favor, and a confident expectation of realizing it in his deliverance and the ruin of his enemies.

      1. early. . . seek thee--earnestly ( Isa 26:9 ). The figurative terms--
      dry and thirsty--literally, "weary," denoting moral destitution, suited his outward circumstances.
      soul--and--flesh--the whole man ( Psa 16:9, 10 ).

      2. The special object of desire was God's perfections as displayed in his worship ( Psa 27:4 ).

      3. Experiencing God's mercy, which exceeds all the blessings of life, his lips will be opened for his praise ( Psa 51:15 ).

      4. Thus--literally, "Truly."
      will I bless--praise Thee ( Psa 34:1 ).
      lift up my hands--in worship (compare Psa 28:2 ).
      in thy name--in praise of Thy perfections.

      5-8. Full spiritual blessings satisfy his desires, and acts of praise fill his thoughts and time.

      6. night--as well as day. Past favors assure him of future, and hence he presses earnestly near to God, whose power sustains him ( Psa 17:8 60:5 ).

      9, 10. those. . . to destroy it--or literally, "to ruin," or, "for ruin"; that is, such as seek to injure me (are) for ruin, appointed to it (compare Psa 35:8 ).
      shall go. . . earth--into the grave, or, to death; as their bodies are represented as a portion for--

      10. foxes--literally, "jackals."

      11. the king--that is, David himself, and all who reverence God, "shall share a glorious part," while treacherous foes shall be for ever silenced ( Psa 62:4 ).

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