Psalms 63:7-8

7 Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.
8 I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.

Psalms 63:7 in Other Translations

KJV
7 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
ESV
7 for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
NLT
7 Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.
MSG
7 Because you've always stood up for me, I'm free to run and play.
CSB
7 because You are my help; I will rejoice in the shadow of Your wings.

Psalms 63:7-8 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 63

\\<>\\. This psalm was composed by David, either when he was persecuted by Saul, and obliged to hide himself in desert places, as in the forest of Hareth, the wildernesses of Ziph, Maon, and Engedi, \1Sa 22:5 23:14,24,25 24:1\; all which were in the tribe of Judah, Jos 15:55,62; or when his son Absalom rebelled against him, which obliged him to flee from Jerusalem, and go the way of the wilderness, where Ziba and Barzillai sent him food, lest his young men that were with him should faint there, \2Sa 15:23 16:2 17:29\. The Septuagint version, and those that follow that, call it the wilderness of Idumea, or Edom, as the Arabic version; and so the Chaldee paraphrase, ``in the wilderness which was on the border of the tribe of Judah;'' as Edom was, Jos 15:21; so the Messiah, David's son, was in a wilderness, where he was tempted by the devil, and where he was hungry and thirsty in a literal sense, as David was here in a spiritual sense, as the psalm shows, Mt 4:1,2; and the church of God, whom David sometimes represents, is said to be in a wilderness, where she is fed for a time, and times, and half a time, even during the whole reign of the antichristian beast, Re 12:14; and, indeed, all the saints are, at one time or another, in a desert condition, and while they are here are in the wilderness of the people, Ho 2:14, Eze 20:35.

Psalms 63:7-8 In-Context

5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
6 On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.
7 Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.
8 I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.
9 Those who want to kill me will be destroyed; they will go down to the depths of the earth.
10 They will be given over to the sword and become food for jackals.

Cross References 4

  • 1. Psalms 27:9; Psalms 118:7
  • 2. S Ruth 2:12
  • 3. S Numbers 32:12; Hosea 6:3
  • 4. S Psalms 41:12; Psalms 18:35
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