1. This is a psalm of lament, expressing a separation from God followed by the Lords ever present protection 2. The psalmist’s soul thirsts after God, while absent from the sanctuary, and longs to be restored to the Divine ordinances 3. The psalmist has an expression of earnest desire to see the power and glory of God again, as he had formerly done in the sanctuary 4. The psalmist sense of the goodness of God, and of the value of the divine favor, as being greater than that of life; and his purpose to find his happiness in God, and to praise and bless him in all situations, especially in those moments of solemn meditation when he was alone upon his bed 5. The psalmist remembers former mercies, and his conviction that God still upheld him by his right hand 6. The psalmist has a firm belief that all his enemies would be destroyed 7. The psalmist shows the misery of those who do not seek God Historical Background
1. The Psalmist opens with a cry out to God and an acknowledgment that it is his God v1 2. The Psalmist is looking for God, starting out early in the morning v1 3. The Psalmist longs to be with God, his body yearns for it v1 4. The Psalmist longs to see the Lord’s power and might as he has before v2 5. The Psalmist reflects on what the Lord has done and praises Him with his lips v3 6. The Psalmist lifts up praise to the Lord with his hands v4 7. The Psalmist is satisfied with the Lord as if he had food v5 8. The Psalmist lifts up songs of praise with his lips v5 9. The Psalmist reflects on what the Lord has done for him v6 10. The Psalmist meditates through the night to reclaim the sustenance he had with God v6 11. The Psalmist reflects on how the Lord has helped him through trouble in the past v7 Recipients
1. The psalmist begins the psalm by calling out and seeking God v1 2. The entire psalm is a reflection on God’s love and help in the past but God never answers the psalmist back 3. The psalmist expresses strong confidence in the Most High, and praises him for his goodness v.4 Setting
1. The Psalmist is in a dessert or dry place away from God v1-5 2. The psalmist has seen the sanctuary of God, either the temple or the Ark of the covenant (Ryrie 874) 3. The psalmist reflects and meditates while on his bed through the hours of the night v6-8 4. The psalmist is being pursued by some type of enemy and is on the run v1,9-10 5. In the wilderness of Judah, separated from the sanctuary of Jerusalem, Divide fellowships with God, who is the desire of his being, the delight of his soul, and the defense of his life. (Ryrie pg. 874) Purposes
1. The psalmist writes to express his need for the Lord v1-2 2. The psalmist expresses his desire to worship the Lord with his voice and body v3-4 3. The psalmist records his memories of the Lord helping and aiding him in the past (v6-7) 4. The psalmist is remembering the Lord’s past help for his present trouble v7,9-10 Themes
1. The psalm resonates a theme of praise amidst trials and tribulation v. 1,10 2. The psalmist reflects a theme of a longing for God v.2-3 3. The psalmist God as the all sustaining strong right hand that keeps him above the enemies that pursue him v7-8 Tone
1. The psalmist begins with a troubled tone marked by his distance from God v1-2 2. The psalmist writes with a reflective voice even though still far away and writes praise to God v3-4 3. The psalmist writes with reflective satisfaction on how the Lord sustained him v5 4. The psalmist writes with praise to God for being his protection v5-7 5. The psalmist writes with an assurance of God’s strength v8 6. The psalmist writes in confidence of his protection from enemies v9-10 7. The...