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Psalms 77



Verse 1

Psalm 77:1-20. To Jeduthun - (See on Psalm 39:1, title). In a time of great affliction, when ready to despair, the Psalmist derives relief from calling to mind God‘s former and wonderful works of delivering power and grace.

expresses the purport of the Psalm.

Verse 2

his importunacy.

my sore ran … night — literally, “my hand was spread,” or, “stretched out” (compare Psalm 44:20).

ceased not — literally, “grew not numb,” or, “feeble” (Genesis 45:26; Psalm 38:8).

my soul … comforted — (compare Genesis 37:35; Jeremiah 31:15).

Verses 3-9

His sad state contrasted with former joys.

was troubled — literally, “violently agitated,” or disquieted (Psalm 39:6; Psalm 41:5).

my spirit was overwhelmed — or, “fainted” (Psalm 107:5; Jonah 2:7).

Verse 4

holdest … waking — or, “fast,” that I cannot sleep. Thus he is led to express his anxious feelings in several earnest questions indicative of impatient sorrow.

Verse 10

Omitting the supplied words, we may read, “This is my affliction - the years of,” etc., “years” being taken as parallel to affliction (compare Psalm 90:15), as of God‘s ordering.

Verse 11-12

He finds relief in contrasting God‘s former deliverances. Shall we receive good at His hands, and not evil? Both are orderings of unerring mercy and unfailing love.

Verse 13
in the sanctuary — God‘s ways of grace and providence (Psalm 22:3; Psalm 67:2), ordered on holy principles, as developed in His worship; or implied in His perfections, if “holiness” be used for “sanctuary,” as some prefer translating (compare Exodus 15:11).

Verses 14-20

Illustrations of God‘s power in His special interventions for His people (Exodus 14:1-31), and, in the more common, but sublime, control of nature (Psalm 22:11-14; Habakkuk 3:14) which may have attended those miraculous events (Exodus 14:24).

Verse 15

Jacob and Joseph — representing all.

Verse 19

waters … , footsteps — may refer to His actual leading the people through the sea, though also expressing the mysteries of providence.


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Bibliography Information
Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 77:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". 1871-8.

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