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Psalms 63



Verse 1

Psalm 63:1-11. 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.

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 (Psalm 16:9, Psalm 16:10).

Verse 2

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

Verse 3

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

Verse 4

Thus — literally, “Truly.”

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

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

in thy name — in praise of Thy perfections.

Verses 5-8

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

Verse 6

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

Verse 9-10
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 Psalm 35:8).

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

Verse 10

foxes — literally, “jackals.”

Verse 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 (Psalm 62:4).


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These files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship.
This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed.

Bibliography Information
Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 63:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". 1871-8.

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