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Psalms 63


Psalms 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 , 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.

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 ).

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

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

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.

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

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 , 60:5 ).

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--

10. foxes--literally, "jackals."

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 ( Psalms 62:4 ).