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David encourages himself in God, against the attempts of his enemies,
ver. 1 - 3.
Asserts the dominion and providence of God, ver. 4 - 7
To the chief musician, A psalm of David.
1: Ye - Mine enemies.
2: For lo - David having directed his speech to his enemies, now
turns it to God, and pours out before him his complaints. Ready - They
lay designs for my destruction and make all things ready to execute them.
3: Foundations - Piety, justice, fidelity, and mercy, which are the
pillars or foundations of a state or kingdom. What - The condition of
all righteous men will be desperate.
4: Temple - In heaven; which is mentioned as an evidence of his
glorious majesty, of his sovereign power and dominion over all men and
things, and of his accurate inspection into all men and their actions.
Throne - Where he sits to examine all causes, and to give righteous
sentence according to every man's works. Try - He throughly discerns
all men, their most inward and secret actions: and therefore he sees
and will reward my innocency, notwithstanding all the calumnies of mine
enemies; and withal he sees all their secret designs, and will discover
and defeat them.
5: Trieth - He chastens even righteous persons, yet still he loves
them, and therefore will in due time deliver them. But as for the wicked,
God hates them, and will severely punish them.
6: Rain - Send them plentifully, swiftly, and suddenly, as rain
commonly falls from heaven. Snares - Grievous plagues or judgments,
which are called snares, because wicked men are often surprized with
them when they least expect them. And because they cannot escape
them, or get out of them; but are held fast and destroyed by them.
Horrible tempests - Dreadful judgments so called, in allusion to the
destruction of Sodom by these means. But this he seems to speak
not so much of present calamities, as of eternal punishments.
This - Is their portion, and as it were the meat and drink appointed
them by God.