For the director of music. Of David the servant of the Lord.
1 I have a message from God in my heart
concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:b
There is no fear of God
before their eyes.
2In their own eyes they flatter themselves
too much to detect or hate their sin.
3The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful;
they fail to act wisely or do good.
4Even on their beds they plot evil;
they commit themselves to a sinful course
and do not reject what is wrong.
5Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
Your faithfulness to the skies.
6Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
Your justice like the great deep.
You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
7How priceless is Your unfailing love, O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
8They feast on the abundance of Your house;
You give them drink from your river of delights.
9For with You is the fountain of life;
in Your light we see light.
10Continue Your love to those who know You,
Your righteousness to the upright in heart.
11May the foot of the proud not come against me,
nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
12See how the evildoers lie fallen—
thrown down, not able to rise!
It is uncertain when, and upon what occasion, David penned this Psalm, probably when he was struck at either by Saul or by Absalom, his rebellious son; for in it he complains of the malice of his enemies against him, but triumphs in the Goodness of God to him.
We are here led to consider, and it will do us good to consider seriously,
I. The sinfulness of sin, and how mischievous it is (v. 1-4).
II. The Goodness of God, and how gracious He is,
1. To all His creatures in general (v. 5, 6).
2. To His own people in a special manner (v. 7-9).
By this the psalmist is encouraged to pray for all the saints (v. 10), for himself in particular and his own preservation (v. 11), and to triumph in the certain fall of his enemies (v. 12).
If, in singing this Psalm, our hearts be duly affected with the hatred of sin and satisfaction in God's loving-kindness, we sing it with grace and understanding.