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Monday, July 22nd, 2024
the Week of Proper 11 / Ordinary 16
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Bible Commentaries
Psalms 63

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole BibleCommentary Critical



:-. The historical occasion referred to by the title was probably during Absalom's rebellion (compare 2 Samuel 15:23; 2 Samuel 15:28; 2 Samuel 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.

Verse 1

1. early . . . seek thee—earnestly (Isaiah 26:9). The figurative terms—

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

soul—and—flesh—the whole man (Psalms 16:9; Psalms 16:10).

Verse 2

2. The special object of desire was God's perfections as displayed in his worship ( :-).

Verse 3

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

Verse 4

4. Thus—literally, "Truly."

will I bless—praise Thee (Psalms 34:1).

lift up my hands—in worship (compare Psalms 28:2).

in thy name—in praise of Thy perfections.

Verse 5

5-8. Full spiritual blessings satisfy his desires, and acts of praise fill his thoughts and time.

Verse 6

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

Verse 7

5-8. Full spiritual blessings satisfy his desires, and acts of praise fill his thoughts and time.

Verse 9

9, 10. 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 Psalms 35:8).

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

Verse 10

10. foxes—literally, "jackals."

Verse 11

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 ( :-).

Bibliographical Information
Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 63". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/jfb/psalms-63.html. 1871-8.
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