For the director of music. With stringed instruments. Of David.
1Hear my cry, O GOD;
Listen To my prayer.
2From the ends of the earth I call To YOU,
I call as my heart grows faint;
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
3For YOU Have Been my Refuge,
a Strong Tower against the foe.
4I long to dwell in YOUR Tent forever
and take refuge in the Shelter of YOUR Wings.
5For YOU, GOD, Have Heard my vows;
YOU Have Given me the heritage of those who fear YOUR Name.
6Increase the Days of The KING'S Life,
HIS Years for many generations.
7May HE Be Enthroned In GOD’S Presence forever;
appoint YOUR Love and Faithfulness to protect HIM.
8Then I will ever sing in praise of YOUR Name
and fulfill my vows day after day.
David, in this psalm, as in many others, begins with a sad heart, but concludes with an air of pleasantness-begins with prayers and tears, but ends with songs of praise. Thus the soul, by being lifted up to GOD, returns to the enjoyment of itself. It should seem David was driven out and banished when he penned this psalm, whether by Saul or Absalom is uncertain: some think by Absalom, because he calls himself "the king" (v. 6), but that refers to The KING MESSIAH, JESUS CHRIST.
David, in this Psalm, resolves to persevere in his duty, encouraged both by his experience and by his expectations.
I. He will call upon GOD because GOD Had Protected him (v. 1-3).
II. He will call upon GOD because GOD Had Provided Well For him (v. 4, 5).
III. He will praise GOD because he had an assurance of the continuance of GOD'S Favor To him (v. 6-8).
So that, in singing this Psalm, we may find that which is very expressive both of our faith and of our hope, of our prayers and of our praises; and some passages in this Psalm are very peculiar and only can be applied to The MESSIAH KING;
appoint YOUR Love and Faithfulness to protect HIM."
Amen. Come, LORD JESUS!