To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, Michtam
of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave.
This psalm was penned by David, when he fled from Saul in the cave; 1 Sam. 24; and contains, (1.) David’s earnest betaking of himself to God upon whom all his dependence, was fixed, towards whom all his desires were bent, and from whom only he expected relief for mercy amidst his great troubles, ver. 1-2. (2.) His complaints of the cruelty, malice, and calumnious deceit of his inveterate enemies, ver. 3-4, 6. (3.) His believing triumph in God; in which he prepares himself for praising God, excites himself to it, delights himself in it, and furnisheth himself with matter for it, ver. 7-10. (4.) Conscious of his own inability to praise God enough, he leaves it on God, to exalt and glorify himself, ver. 5-11.
While I sing, let me cry aloud for mercy; let me lay my spiritual and temporal adversities before the Lord; and let me triumph in the God of my salvation; and employ him to glorify his name in all the earth.