psalm. A song. For the dedication of the temple. Of David.
Comments: If the title is right and this is for the dedication
of the temple it probably refers to the Tabernacle being brought
into Jerusalem and is thus more a psalm of testimony: God is deliverer
[v.1-3], He may bring discipline in anger against sin, but it
is short-lived [v.4,5]. He had felt secure but then God seemed
to distance Himself and David was dismayed [v.6,7], and so he
had cried to the Lord to have mercy [v.8-10] and the Lord has
answered [v.11,12]. Such a sequence seems to fit the circumstances
surrounding the bringing of the Tabernacle into Jerusalem 2
Sam 6 more than the possibility that David wrote this at the
end of his life in preparation for the day when Solomon built
David praises the Lord & testifies to His saving him
will exalt you, Lord,
for you lifted me out of the depths
and did not let my enemies gloat over
my God, I called to you for help,
and you healed me.
Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead;
you spared me from going down to the pit.
He praises God for His short-lasting anger
the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;
praise his holy name.
his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.
He felt secure but when God appeared a distance, he was dismayed
I felt secure, I said,
I will never be shaken.
when you favored me,
you made my royal mountain stand firm;
but when you hid your face,
I was dismayed.
He cries to the Lord for mercy
you, Lord, I called;
to the Lord I cried for mercy:
is gained if I am silenced,
if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
Will it proclaim your faithfulness?
Lord, and be merciful to me;
Lord, be my help.
The Lord answered (implied) and he now can rejoice
turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me
my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
Lord my God, I will praise you forever.
Thoughts: Within the context of this psalm, that we
identified at the beginning, there are some very basic lessons:
when we sin, God is angry.
when we repent He quickly forgives.]
to Psa 31