Psalms 63:7

7 because You are my help;[a] I will rejoice in the shadow of Your wings.

Psalms 63:7 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 63:7

Because thou hast been my help
Or, "that thou hast been my help" F19; and so the words may be considered as the subject of his meditation in the night watches, at least as a part of it; and as what gave him a great deal of pleasure to reflect upon, how the Lord had been in times past a present help to him in time of trouble;

therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice;
meaning under the protecting power of God, where he knew he was safe, and therefore had reason to rejoice. The allusion is to the chirping of chickens under the wing of the hen; see ( Psalms 57:1 ) ( 61:4 ) . The Targum is,

``in the shadow of thy Shechinah will I rejoice;''

referring it may be to the Shechinah, or presence of God, between the cherubim, whose wings overshadowed the mercy seat.


F19 (yk) "quod", Musculus, Gejerus, Michaelis; so Ainsworth.

Psalms 63:7 In-Context

5 You satisfy me as with rich food; my mouth will praise You with joyful lips.
6 When, on my bed, I think of You, I meditate on You during the night watches
7 because You are my help; I will rejoice in the shadow of Your wings.
8 I follow close to You; Your right hand holds on to me.
9 But those who seek to destroy my life will go into the depths of the earth.

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