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A Commentary, Critical, Practical, and Explanatory on the Old and New Testaments, by Robert Jamieson, A.R. Fausset and David Brown [1882] at

Psalms Chapter 63

Psalms 63:1

psa 63:1

The historical occasion referred to by the title was probably during Absalom's rebellion (compare Sa2 15:23, Sa2 15:28; Sa2 16:2). David expresses an earnest desire for God's favor, and a confident expectation of realizing it in his deliverance and the ruin of his enemies. (Psa 63:1-11)

early . . . seek thee--earnestly (Isa 26:9). The figurative terms--

dry and thirsty--literally, "weary," denoting moral destitution, suited his outward circumstances.

soul--and--flesh--the whole man (Psa 16:9-10).

Psalms 63:2

psa 63:2

The special object of desire was God's perfections as displayed in his worship (Psa 27:4).

Psalms 63:3

psa 63:3

Experiencing God's mercy, which exceeds all the blessings of life, his lips will be opened for his praise (Psa 51:15).

Psalms 63:4

psa 63:4

Thus--literally, "Truly."

will I bless--praise Thee (Psa 34:1).

lift up my hands--in worship (compare Psa 28:2).

in thy name--in praise of Thy perfections.

Psalms 63:5

psa 63:5

Full spiritual blessings satisfy his desires, and acts of praise fill his thoughts and time.

Psalms 63:6

psa 63:6

night--as well as day. Past favors assure him of future, and hence he presses earnestly near to God, whose power sustains him (Psa 17:8; Psa 60:5).

Psalms 63:9

psa 63:9

those . . . to destroy it--or literally, "to ruin," or, "for ruin"; that is, such as seek to injure me (are) for ruin, appointed to it (compare Psa 35:8).

shall go . . . earth--into the grave, or, to death; as their bodies are represented as a portion for--

Psalms 63:10

psa 63:10

foxes--literally, "jackals."

Psalms 63:11

psa 63:11

the king--that is, David himself, and all who reverence God, "shall share a glorious part," while treacherous foes shall be for ever silenced (Psa 62:4).

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