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David exhorts to patience and confidence in God, ver. 1 - 8.
Shews the different state of the righteous and the wicked, ver. 9 - 40.
A psalm of David.
1: Fret not - Because they prosper in their wicked enterprizes.
5: Commit - All thy cares and business, and necessities, commend to
God by fervent prayer.
6: Judgment - It shall be as visible to men, as the light of the sun,
at noon - day.
7: Rest - Do not repine at his dealings, but quietly submit to his
will, and wait for his help.
8: Fret not - Either against the sinner for his success; or against
God. Do evil - If grief arise in thee, take care that it do not transport
thee to sin.
9: The earth - This for the most part was literally fulfilled in that
state of the church.
10: Not be - He shall be dead and gone. Diligently - Industriously
seeking him. His place - His place and estate, and glory.
11: But - Those who patiently bear God's afflicting hand, and meekly
pass by injuries. Peace - Partly of outward peace and prosperity, which
God in his due time will give them: but principally of inward peace, in
the sense of God's favour and the assurance of endless happiness.
13: His day - The day appointed by God for his punishment or
18: Knoweth - Observes with care and affection. The days - All
things which befal them, their dangers and fears, and suffering.
For ever - To them and their seed for ever: and when they die their
inheritance is not lost, but exchanged for one infinitely better.
20: Fat - Which in an instant melts before the fire.
23: Established - So that he shall not fall into mischief.
24: Fall - Into trouble.
25: Forsaken - These temporal promises, were more express to the
Jews in the times of the Old Testament, than to Christians.
26: Blessed - Not only with spiritual, but with temporal blessings.
27: Dwell - Thou shalt dwell in the land, and afterwards in heaven.
30: The mouth - Having shewed, God's singular care over the
righteous, he proceeds to give a character of them. Judgment - Of
God's judgment, word or law.
31: Heart - His thoughts, meditations and affections are fixed upon
it. Slide - Slide, or swerve, from the rule, from God's law.
35: Bay - tree - Which is continually green and flourishing even in
36: Yet - He was gone in an instant. But - There was no monument
or remainder of him left.
37: Peace - Though he may meet with troubles in his way, yet all
shall end well.
38: Together - All without exception.