William Kelly Major Works Commentary - Psalms 63:1 - 63:11

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William Kelly Major Works Commentary - Psalms 63:1 - 63:11


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This rises higher still; it is "A psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah." Higher than this, in its kind, no soul can go, though the covenant blessings cannot be enjoyed far from the city and the sanctuary. But the blessedness of God is enjoyed as never before, the Giver Himself, when the righteous are outside the prostitution of His gifts. Our Lord knew this, as no man ever did. Even deliverance is not sought; and the thirst is not of the desert but of the soul after God, and this too to see His power and His glory where He revealed Himself. A dry and weary land only brings out the more the longing for God fully manifested. It is meanwhile what the apostle. calls joying or glorying in God (Rom. 5), and in the close what the Lord desires for us in Joh_17:24. When the Bride the Lamb's wife is glorified, she rejoices that she has in fact the glory of God (Rev_21:11), in the hope of which we now exult.

The first of psalms Ps. 64 - 67 appears to close the series wherein is set out the iniquity of the adversaries against those who look for Christ, the godly Jewish remnant. The three following portray their feelings as having in the Beloved a plea for deliverance which waxes stronger and clearer by His Spirit working in them according to the word provided for their souls.