1; David prays for favour in judgment.
3; He complains of his griefs.
5; He strengthens his faith by meditation and prayer.
7; He prays for grace;
9; for deliverance;
10; for sanctification;
12; for destruction of his enemies;
* (Title.) A Psalm.
The LXX., Vulgate, Ethiopic, and Arabic state that this Psalm
was composed by David on the rebellion of his son Absalom; and
there are several passages in it which agree remarkably well
with that period; for then he had most reason to fear lest God
should deal with him according to his sins; which he
deprecates with such a deep sense of his unworthiness, that it
has hence been numbered among the penitential Psalms, of which
it is the last. In it he prays to God for pardon, ver. 1;
acknowledges the impossibility of being saved but by grace,
ver. 2; deplores the lamentable effects of sin, ver. 3, 4;
comforts himself with a retrospect of God's mercies of old,
ver. 5; and prays, in a variety of expressions, for remission
of sin, sanctification, and redemption, ver. 6-12.
* thy faithfulness.
31:1 71:2 2Sa 7:25 Da 9:16 1Jo 1:9