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David here begins with prayer and complaint, tho' not as without hope,
ver. 1 - 6.
He concludes with joy and praise, ver. 7 - 11.
To the chief musician Al - taschith, Michtam of David, when he fled
from Saul in the cave.
Title of the psalm. Al - taschith - The word signifies, destroy not.
Which some think to be a preface, containing the sum of the psalm.
The cave - Either
- That of Adullam, (1Sa 22:1), or
- That of Engedi, (1Sa 24:1).
3: Send forth - Will discover them, by affording his gracious help
in pursuance of his promises.
4: Lions - Fierce and bloody men. I lie - I have my abode.
On fire - From hell. Who are mere fire - brands, breathing out wrath
and threatenings, and incensing Saul against me.
5: Excited - Glorify thy power, and goodness, and justice, and
faithfulness, by my deliverance. Above, &c. - To the highest degree
7: Fixed - In a stedfast belief of thy promises.
8: My glory - My tongue, the instrument of singing.
Awake - I will employ all the powers of my soul and body.
9: The people - Among the Israelites, and among the Heathens,
as I shall have occasion.