Of David himself.
1. It may be attributed to David himself, not the Mediator, the Man Christ Jesus, but the whole Church now perfectly established in Christ.
2. |Judge me, O Lord, for I have walked in my innocence| (ver.1). Judge me, O Lord, for, after the mercy which Thou first showedst me, I have some desert of my innocence, the way whereof I have kept. |And trusting in the Lord I shall not be moved.| And yet not even so trusting in myself, but in the Lord, I shall abide in Him.
3. |Prove me, O Lord, and try me| (ver.2). Lest, however, any of my secret sins should be hid from me, prove me, O Lord, and try me, making me known, not to Thee from whom nothing is hid, but to myself, and to men. |Burn my reins and my heart.| Apply a remedial purgation, as it were fire, to my pleasures and thoughts. |For Thy mercy is before mine eyes| (ver.3). For, that I be not consumed by that fire, not my merits, but Thy mercy, whereby Thou hast brought me on to such a life, is before my eyes. |And I have been pleasing in Thy truth.| And since my own falsehood hath been displeasing to me, but Thy truth pleasing, I have myself been pleasing also with it and in it.
4. |I have not sat with the council of vanity| (ver.4). I have not chosen to give my heart to them who endeavour to provide, what is impossible, how they may be blessed in the enjoyment of things transitory. |And I will not enter in with them that work wickedly.| And since this is the very cause of all wickedness, therefore I will not have my conscience hid, with them that work wickedly.
5. |I have hated the congregation of evil doers.| But to arrive at this council of vanity, congregations of evil doers are formed, which I have hated. |And I will not sit with the ungodly| (ver.5). And, therefore, with such a council, with the ungodly, I will not sit, that is, I will not place my consent. |And I will not sit with the ungodly.|
6. |I will wash mine hands amid the innocent| (ver.6). I will make clean my works among the innocent: among the innocent will I wash mine hands, with which I shall embrace Thy glorious gifts. |And I will compass Thy altar, O Lord.|
7. |That I may hear the voice of Thy praise.| That I may learn how to praise Thee. |And that I may declare all Thy wondrous works| (ver.7). And after I have learnt, I may set forth all Thy wondrous works.
8. |O Lord, I have loved the beauty of Thy house:| of Thy Church. |And the place of the habitation of Thy glory| (ver.8): where Thou dwellest, and art glorified.
9. |Destroy not my soul with the ungodly| (ver.9). Destroy not then, together with them that hate Thee, my soul, which hath loved the beauty of Thy house. |And my life with the men of blood.| And with them that hate their neighbour. For Thy house is beautified with the two commandments.
10. |In whose hands is wickedness.| Destroy me not then with the ungodly and the men of blood, whose works are wicked. |Their right hand is full of gifts| (ver.10). And that which was given them to obtain eternal salvation, they have converted into the receiving this world's gifts, |supposing that godliness is a trade.|
11. |But I have walked in mine innocence: deliver me, and have mercy on me| (ver.11). Let so great a price of my Lord's Blood avail for my complete deliverance: and in the dangers of this life let not Thy mercy leave me.
12. |My foot hath stood in uprightness.| My Love hath not withdrawn from Thy righteousness. |In the Churches I will bless Thee, O Lord| (ver.12). I will not hide Thy blessing, O Lord, from those whom Thou hast called; for next to the love of Thee I join the love of my neighbour.