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The psalmist longs for the public service of God, ver. 1 - 4.
Stirs himself up to trust in God, ver. 5 - 9.
Reproached by his enemies, still hopes in him, ver. 10, 11.
To the chief musician, Maschil, for the sons of Korah.
Title of the psalm. Sons of Korah - Who were an eminent order of singers
in the house of God, (1Ch 6:33).
1: Panteth - After the enjoyment of thee in thy sanctuary.
2: Thirsteth - Not after vain useless idols, but after the only true
and living God. Appear - In the place of his special presence and publick
4: Remember - My banishment from God's presence, and mine enemies
triumphs. In me - I breathe out my sorrows and complaints to God within
my own breast. The multitudes - Israelites, who went thither in great
numbers. Holy - day - Or that kept the feast, the three solemn festival
solemnities, which they kept holy unto the Lord.
5: For - Heb. for the salvations of his face, for those supports,
deliverances and comforts which I doubt not I shall enjoy both in his
presence and sanctuary, and from his presence, and the light of his
6: Therefore - Therefore that I may revive my drooping spirits.
Remember - I will consider thy infinite mercy and power, and faithfulness.
Mizar - From all the parts of the land, to which I shall be driven;
whether from the parts beyond Jordan on the east: or mount Hermon,
which was in the northern parts.
7: Deep - One affliction comes immediately after another, as if it
were called for by the former. A metaphor taken from violent and
successive showers of rain; which frequently come down from heaven,
as it were at the noise, or call of God's water spouts.
8: Command - Will effectually confer upon me. Loving - kindness - His
blessings, the effects of his loving - kindness.
10: As - As a sword, which cutteth the very bones, so painful are