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Bible Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Psalms 63

Introduction

1David's thirst for God.
4His manner of blessing God.
9His confidence of his enemies' destruction, and his own safety.

Verse 1

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
A. M. 2943. B.C. 1061. (Title.) when
1 Samuel 22:5; 23:14-16,23-25; 26:1-3; 2 Samuel 15:28
thou
31:14; 42:11; 91:2; 118:28; 143:10; Exodus 15:2; Jeremiah 31:1,33; Zechariah 13:9; John 20:17
early
5:3; 78:34; Job 8:5; Proverbs 1:27,28; 8:17; Song of Solomon 3:1-3; Hosea 5:15; Matthew 6:33
soul
42:1,2; 84:2; 119:81; 143:6; John 7:37; Revelation 7:16,17
flesh
102:3-5; Song of Solomon 5:8
dry and thirsty land, where no water is
Heb. weary land without water.
Exodus 17:3; Isaiah 32:2; 35:7; 41:18; Matthew 12:43
Reciprocal: Genesis 21:15 - the water; Genesis 34:8 - The soul; Deuteronomy 12:20 - I will; Deuteronomy 18:6 - and come with; 1 Samuel 23:29 - General; 2 Samuel 15:25 - he will bring; 2 Samuel 23:5 - desire; 2 Samuel 23:15 - longed; 1 Kings 1:36 - the Lord; 1 Chronicles 11:17 - of the water; 1 Chronicles 16:14 - the Lord; Nehemiah 6:14 - My God; Psalm 8:1 - our; Psalm 27:8 - Thy; Psalm 65:9 - and waterest it; Psalm 73:26 - flesh; Psalm 119:20 - soul; Psalm 119:148 - eyes; Psalm 122:1 - was glad; Proverbs 25:25 - cold; Song of Solomon 2:5 - Stay; Song of Solomon 2:16 - beloved; Song of Solomon 8:6 - love; Isaiah 26:8 - we; Isaiah 26:9 - my spirit; Isaiah 41:17 - seek; Isaiah 44:3 - dry ground; Isaiah 55:1 - every; Ezekiel 19:13 - in a dry; Hosea 13:5 - great drought; Amos 8:13 - General; Zephaniah 3:18 - sorrowful; Matthew 5:6 - are; Matthew 17:4 - it is; Luke 6:21 - for ye shall be; Luke 11:24 - dry; Philippians 3:12 - I follow; 1 Thessalonians 2:17 - endeavoured

Verse 2

To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
To see
27:4; 78:61; 105:4; 145:11; Exodus 33:18,19; 1 Samuel 4:21,22; 1 Chronicles 16:11; 2 Corinthians 4:4-6
in the
68:24; 73:17,18; 77:13,14; 84:2-11; 96:6; 134:2; Isaiah 60:13
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 18:6 - and come with; 2 Samuel 15:25 - he will bring; 1 Chronicles 16:27 - Glory; 2 Chronicles 30:8 - enter into; Psalm 4:7 - put; Psalm 21:6 - made him exceeding glad; Psalm 26:8 - where; Psalm 27:8 - Thy; Psalm 29:9 - discovereth; Psalm 42:1 - so panteth; Psalm 48:9 - in the; Psalm 84:10 - For; Song of Solomon 2:4 - brought; Isaiah 41:17 - seek; Zephaniah 3:18 - sorrowful; Matthew 5:6 - are; Luke 9:33 - it is; John 11:40 - see; John 14:8 - show; Romans 9:4 - and the glory; 2 Corinthians 4:6 - the light; Colossians 1:11 - his

Verse 3

Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
Because
4:6; 21:6; 30:5; Philippians 1:23; 1 John 3:2
lips
30:12; 51:15; 66:17; Hosea 14:2; Romans 6:19; 12:1; 1 Corinthians 6:20; Hebrews 13:15; James 3:5-10
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 26:11 - rejoice; 1 Chronicles 16:27 - Glory; Psalm 26:8 - where; Psalm 48:9 - lovingkindness; Psalm 69:16 - for thy; Psalm 73:25 - Whom; Psalm 81:15 - submitted themselves; Psalm 90:14 - satisfy; Psalm 96:6 - Honour; Psalm 109:21 - thy mercy; Psalm 147:1 - for it is good; Proverbs 3:15 - all; Proverbs 3:17 - ways of; Song of Solomon 1:2 - thy love; Song of Solomon 7:12 - there will I give thee; Isaiah 63:7 - mention; Ephesians 5:18 - but

Verse 4

Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
Thus
104:33; 145:1-3; 146:1,2
I will lift
134:2; 1 Kings 8:22-66; Habakkuk 3:10
Reciprocal: 2 Chronicles 6:12 - spread forth; Nehemiah 8:6 - with lifting; Psalm 28:2 - when; Psalm 100:2 - Serve; Psalm 141:2 - the lifting; Lamentations 2:19 - lift up; Lamentations 3:41 - with; Luke 18:30 - manifold more; Colossians 3:16 - singing; James 3:9 - bless

Verse 5

My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
my soul
17:15; 36:7-9; 65:4; 104:34; Song of Solomon 1:4; Isaiah 25:6; Jeremiah 31:4
marrow
Heb. fatness. with joyful.
43:4; 71:23; 118:14,15; 135:3; 149:1-3; Ezra 3:11-13; Revelation 19:5-7
Reciprocal: Job 36:16 - full; Psalm 19:10 - sweeter; Psalm 25:13 - dwell at ease; Psalm 34:8 - taste; Psalm 36:8 - abundantly; Psalm 94:19 - General; Psalm 100:2 - Serve; Psalm 103:1 - all that; Psalm 103:5 - satisfieth; Psalm 119:103 - sweet; Psalm 149:5 - sing; Proverbs 12:14 - satisfied; Ecclesiastes 1:8 - the eye; Isaiah 55:2 - eat; Jeremiah 31:14 - my people; Matthew 5:6 - for; Luke 1:51 - showed; Luke 15:23 - the fatted; Luke 18:30 - manifold more; John 4:32 - I have; Acts 2:26 - my tongue; 1 Peter 2:3 - General

Verse 6

When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
42:8; 77:4-6; 119:55,147,148; 139:17,18; 149:5; Song of Solomon 3:1,2; 5:2; Lamentations 2:19
Reciprocal: Psalm 4:4 - commune; Psalm 16:7 - in the; Psalm 94:19 - General; Psalm 104:34 - meditation; Psalm 130:6 - waiteth; Isaiah 21:8 - I stand; Isaiah 26:9 - have I:1 Timothy 4:15 - Meditate

Verse 7

Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
Because
54:3,4
therefore
5:11; 21:1; 57:1; 61:4; 1 Samuel 17:37; 2 Corinthians 1:10
Reciprocal: Ruth 2:12 - wings; Psalm 17:8 - hide; Psalm 36:7 - put their; Psalm 139:18 - when I awake; Isaiah 18:1 - shadowing; Isaiah 26:9 - have I; Matthew 23:37 - even; Hebrews 13:6 - The Lord

Verse 8

My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.
My soul, etc
"My soul cleaveth davekah after Thee;" which not only shews the diligence of the pursuit, and the nearness of the attainment, but the fast hold he had of the mercy of God.
followeth
73:25; 143:6,7; Genesis 32:26-28; 2 Chronicles 31:21; Song of Solomon 3:2; Isaiah 26:9; Matthew 11:12; Luke 13:24; 18:5-7
thy
18:35; 37:24; 73:23; 94:18; Song of Solomon 2:6; Isaiah 41:10; 42:1; Philippians 2:12,13; Colossians 1:29
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 4:4 - General; Psalm 37:17 - Lord; Psalm 55:22 - Cast; Psalm 119:116 - Uphold; Psalm 138:3 - strengthenedst; Psalm 139:10 - General; Song of Solomon 2:5 - Stay; Song of Solomon 8:5 - leaning; Isaiah 41:13 - will hold; Matthew 19:5 - cleave; Philippians 3:12 - I follow; 1 Timothy 6:12 - lay

Verse 9

But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
seek
35:4,26; 38:12; 40:14; 70:2; 1 Samuel 25:29
go
9:17; 55:15,23; 86:13; Numbers 16:30-33; 1 Samuel 28:19; Job 40:13; Isaiah 14:9,15,19; 14:19; Ezekiel 32:18-32; Acts 1:25
Reciprocal: Joshua 10:25 - Fear not; 2 Samuel 4:8 - sought; 2 Samuel 18:9 - taken up; Psalm 139:15 - in the lowest; Ezekiel 31:14 - the nether; Matthew 12:40 - in the heart; Ephesians 4:9 - the lower

Verse 10

They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes.
They shall fall, etc
Heb. They shall make him run out, like water, by the hands of the sword.
1 Samuel 26:10; 31:1-6; Jeremiah 18:21; Ezekiel 35:5
a portion
Song of Solomon 2:15; Ezekiel 39:4,17-20; Revelation 19:17,18
Reciprocal: Judges 15:4 - caught three; 2 Samuel 4:8 - sought; 2 Samuel 18:9 - taken up; Ezekiel 31:14 - the nether; Ezekiel 32:4 - General

Verse 11

But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.
But, etc
David shall come to the kingdom according to the promise of God.
the king
2:6; 21:1; 1 Samuel 23:17; 24:20
sweareth
Deuteronomy 6:13; Isaiah 19:18; 45:23; 65:16; Zephaniah 1:5; Hebrews 6:13
the mouth
31:18; Romans 3:19; Titus 1:10,11 Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 10:20 - swear; 2 Kings 5:26 - he said; Job 5:16 - and; Psalm 4:2 - leasing; Psalm 107:42 - iniquity; Proverbs 10:31 - the froward; Isaiah 48:1 - which swear

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 63". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/psalms-63.html.