A psalm. A song. For the dedication of the temple.b Of David.
1I will exalt you, Lord,
for You lifted me out of the depths
and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
2Lord my God, I called to You for help,
and You healed me.
3You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead;
You spared me from going down to the pit.
4Sing the praises of the Lord, you His faithful people;
praise His Holy Name.
5For His anger lasts only a moment,
but His favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.
6When I felt secure, I said,
“I will never be shaken.”
7Lord, when You favored me,
You made my royal mountainc stand firm;
but when You hid your face,
I was dismayed.
8To You, Lord, I called;
to the Lord I cried for mercy:
9“What is gained if I am silenced,
if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
Will it proclaim your faithfulness?
10Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me;
Lord, be my help.”
11You turned my wailing into dancing;
You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
12that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
Lord my God, I will praise You forever.
This is a psalm of thanksgiving for the great deliverance which God had done for David, penned upon occasion of the dedicating of his house of cedar, and sung in that pious solemnity, though there is not anything in it that has particular reference to that occasion.
Some collect from diverse passages in the psalm itself that it was penned upon his recovery from a dangerous fit of sickness, which might happen to be about the time of the dedication of his house.
I. He here praises God for the deliverance he had done for him (v. 1-3).
II. He calls upon others to praise Him too, and encourages them to trust in Him (v. 4, 5).
III. He blames himself for his former security (v. 6, 7).
IV. He recollects the prayers and complaints he had made in his distress (v. 8-10). With them he stirs up himself to be very thankful to God for the present comfortable change (v. 11, 12).