143:1(A Psalm of David.) Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to
my supplications: a in thy faithfulness answer me, [and]
in thy b righteousness.
(a) That is, as you have promised to be faithful in your
promise to all who trust in you.
(b) That is, according to your free goodness, by which you
defend your own.
143:2 And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy
c sight shall no man living be justified.
(c) He know that his afflictions were God's messengers to
call him to repentance for his sins, though toward his
enemies he was innocent, and in God's sight all men
143:3 For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my
life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in
darkness, as those that have been d long dead.
(d) He acknowledges that God is the only and true
physician and heal him: and that he is able to raise
him to life, though he were dead long ago, and turned
143:4 Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my e heart
within me is desolate.
(e) So that only by faith and by the grace of God's Spirit
was he upheld.
143:5 I remember the f days of old; I meditate on all thy
works; I muse on the work of thy hands.
(f) That is, your great benefits of old, and the manifold
examples of your favour towards your own.
143:8 Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the g morning;
for in thee do I trust: h cause me to know the way
wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.
(g) That is, speedily and in due season.
(h) Let your Holy Spirit counsel me how to come forth from
these great cares and troubles.
143:9 Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: i I flee unto
thee to hide me.
(i) I hid myself under the shadow of your wings that I
might be defended by your power.
143:10k Teach me to l do thy will; for thou [art] my God:
thy spirit [is] good; lead me into the land of
(k) He confesses that both the knowledge and obedience of
God's will comes by the Spirit of God, who teaches us
by his word, gives understanding by his Spirit, and
frames our hearts by his grace to obey him.
(l) That is, justly and aright, for as soon as we decline
from God's will, we fall into error.
143:12 And of thy mercy m cut off mine enemies, and destroy
all them that afflict my soul: for I [am] thy n
(m) Which will be a sign of your fatherly kindness toward
(n) Resigning myself wholly to you, and trusting in your