Psalms 116:1-19 . The writer celebrates the deliverance from extreme perils by which he was favored, and pledges grateful and pious public acknowledgments.
3, 4. For similar figures for distress see Psalms 18:4 Psalms 18:5 .
gat hold upon me--Another sense ("found") of the same word follows, as we speak of disease finding us, and of our finding or catching disease.
5-8. The relief which he asked is the result not of his merit, but of God's known pity and tenderness, which is acknowledged in assuring himself (his "soul," Psalms 11:1 , 16:10 ) of rest and peace. All calamities ( Psalms 116:8 ) are represented by death, tears, and falling of the feet ( Psalms 56:13 ).
11. in my haste--literally, "terror," or "agitation," produced by his affliction (compare Psalms 31:22 ).
13. the cup of salvation--the drink offering which was part of the thank offering ( Numbers 15:3-5 ).
14. now--(compare Psalms 115:2 ). "Oh, that (I may do it)" in the presence, &c.
15, 16. By the plea of being a homeborn servant, he intimates his claim on God's covenant love to His people.
17-19. An ampler declaration of his purpose, designating the place, the Lord's house, or earthly residence in Jerusalem.