For the director of music. With stringed instruments. According to sheminith.b A psalm of David.
1LORD, Do Not Rebuke me in YOUR Anger
2Have Mercy on me, LORD, for I am faint;
Heal me, LORD, for my bones are in agony.
3My soul is in deep anguish.
How long, LORD, how long?
4Turn, LORD, and Deliver me;
5Among the dead no one proclaims YOUR Name.
6I am worn out from my groaning.
All night long I flood my bed with weeping
and drench my couch with tears.
7My eyes grow weak with sorrow;
they fail because of all my foes.
8Away from me, all you who do evil,
For The LORD Has Heard my weeping.
9The LORD Has Heard my cry for Mercy;
The LORD Accepts my prayer.
10All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish;
they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame.
There is a rescue which proceeds from GOD'S Love to the man as being pardoned and which is designed to purify or to prove him, and a chastisement which proceeds from GOD'S Wrath against the man as striving obstinately against, or as fallen away from, favor, and which satisfies Divine Justice.
The contrast is not that of chastisement in love with chastisement in wrath, but that of loving rescue in contrast with chastisement, which always proceeds from the principle of wrath.
David was a weeping prophet as well as Jeremiah, and this Psalm is one of his lamentations: either it was penned in a time, or at least calculated for a time, of great trouble, both outward and inward.
Is there anyone who is afflicted or sick? Let him sing this Psalm.
The method of this Psalm is very observable, and what we shall often meet with. He begins with doleful complaints, but ends with joyful praises like Hannah, mother of Samuel who went to prayer with a sorrowful spirit, but when she had prayed her countenance was no more sad.
Three things the psalmist is here complaining of;
1. Sickness of body.
2. Trouble of mind, arising from the sense of sin, the meritorious cause of pain and sickness.
3. The insults of his enemies upon occasion of both.
I. He pours out his complaints Before GOD and begs earnestly for the return of HIS Favor (v. 1-7).
II. He assures himself of an answer of peace, shortly, to his full satisfaction (v. 8-10).
This psalm is like the Book of Job.