A psalm of David.
1I call to YOU, Lord, Come Quickly To me;
Hear me when I call to YOU.
2May my prayer be set Before YOU like incense;
May the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
3Set a guard over my mouth, Lord;
keep watch over the door of my lips.
4Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil
so that I take part in wicked deeds
along with those who are evildoers;
do not let me eat their delicacies.
5Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness;
let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head.
My head will not refuse it,
for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.
6Their rulers will be thrown down from the cliffs,
and the wicked will learn that my words were well spoken.
7They will say, “As one plows and breaks up the earth,
so our bones have been scattered at the mouth of the grave.”
8But my eyes are fixed on YOU, Sovereign Lord;
In YOU I take refuge—do not give me over to death.
9Keep me safe from the traps set by evildoers,
from the snares they have laid for me.
10Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
while I pass by in safety.
David was in distress when he penned this Psalm, pursued, it is most likely, by Saul, that violent man.
Is any distressed? Let him pray; David did so, and had the comfort of it.
I. He prays for GOD's Favorable Acceptance (v. 1, 2).
II. For His Powerful Assistance (v. 3, 4).
III. That others might be instrumental of good to his soul, as he hoped to be to the souls of others (v. 5, 6).
IV. That he and his friends being now brought to the last extremity GOD Would Graciously Appear for their relief and rescue (v. 7-10).
The Mercy and Grace of GOD Are as necessary to us as they were to Him, and therefore we should be humbly earnest for Them in singing this Psalm.