To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil,
A Psalm of David.
This psalm was probably penned by David when he fled from Jerusalem for fear of Absalom his son, 2 Sam. 15-16. Observe, (1.) David’s earnest prayers for help and favour from God, amidst his great oppression, griefs, and fears, ver. 1-8. (2.) His request for the just manifestation of God’s vengeance, in the dispersion and destruction of his enemies, who, in Jerusalem, particularly Ahithophel, had behaved in so base and treacherous a manner, ver. 9-15. (3.) Resolved on frequent and fervent prayer, he encourages himself and friends to trust in God for support and deliverance, and for the speedy destruction of their enemies, however deceitful and bloody, ver. 16-23.
While I sing, behold, my soul, as in a glass, how Jesus our Redeemer, was hated, was betrayed, and murdered by his brethren of Judah, at Jerusalem; and how the fearful vengeance of the Almighty overtook them, on that account. And if I am oppressed, defamed, or persecuted, that I know not whither to flee; if in cities, or by particular friends, wickedness and malice discover themselves, let me study resignation to the disposals of Providence, and call upon God in the assured hopes that he will answer in due time. Let me cast all my wants and burdens on him, who is my God, that doth me save.