Verse 20. "Blessed be God " - I therefore praise God, who has not turned aside my prayer, and who has not withheld his mercy from me. Thus he told them what God had done for his soul.
ANALYSIS OF THE SIXTY SIXTH PSALM
There are five parts in this Psalm: - I. An invitation.
1. To praise God, ver. 1-4.
2. To consider his works, ver. 5-7.
II. A repetition of the invitation, ver. 8, for the benefit and deliverance lately received, ver. 9-12.
III. A protestation and vow for himself, that he would serve the Lord, ver. 13-15.
IV. A declaration of God's goodness to him, which he invites all to come and hear, ver. 16-19.
V. A doxology, with which he concludes, ver. 20.
I. The invitation to praise God affectionately and heartily.
1. "Make a joyful song." 2. "Sing the honour of his name." 3. "Make his praise glorious." 4. "Say unto God," &c. Where he prescribes the form in which God shall be praised.
He calls all men to consider his works, and the double effect: - 1. On God's enemies. 2. On his people.
1. On his enemies, a feigned obedience, ver. 3. See the note.
2. On his people, a willing service, ver. 4.
He calls on them again, ver. 5, to consider God's works, specially in delivering his people:
1. At the Red Sea. 2. In passing Jordan on foot, ver. 6.
He calls them to behold God's power and providence. 1. His power in ruling. 2. His providence in beholding, and, 3. His justice in punishing the rebellious, ver. 7.
II. He again invites them to praise God for some special mercy, without which they would have been destroyed, ver. 8. 1. He kept them alive. 2.
Suffered not their feet to slip, ver. 9. 3. He tried, that he might purify, them.
He illustrates this trial by five similes taken, - 1. From silver. 2. From a net. 3. From a burden laid on the loins. 4. From bondage and slavery-men rode over us. 5. From fire and water; useful servants, but cruel masters, ver. 10-12.
But the issue of all these trials was good:they were brought through all, and profited by each.
III. For this he gives thanks, and purposes to pay his vows.
1. He would attend God's worship: "I will go into thy house," ver. 13.
2. He would there present his offerings, ver. 14.
3. These should be of the best kind, ver. 15.
IV. He declares God's goodness, and invites all that fear God to hear what he has got to say. Not of what he was to offer to God, but of what God had done for him.
1. He cried to God, and he heard him.
2. He took care to avoid iniquity, that his prayers might not be cast out: "For God heareth not sinners." V. He closes the Psalm with a doxology, blessing God that, not through his merit, but his own mercy, he had heard and answered him. He attributes nothing to himself, but all mercy to his God, ver. 20.