Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.
&) 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.
And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.
in thy sight
For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead.
Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.
is my spirit
I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.
I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.
Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.
lest I be like, etc
or, for I am become like, etc. unto them.
Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.
for I lift
Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me.
flee unto thee
Heb. hide me with thee.
Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.
for thou art
Quicken me, O LORD, for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.
for thy righteousness
And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant.