PS 77 The psalmist complains of deep distress, and temptations to despair, ver. 1-10. He encourages himself to hope, by the remembrance of what God had done formerly, ver. 11-20. To the chief musician, to Jeduthun, A psalm of Asaph.
Verse 2. Night - Which to others was a time of rest and quietness.
Verse 3. Troubled - Yea, the thoughts of God were now a matter of trouble, because he was angry with me. Overwhelmed - So far was I from finding relief.
Verse 4. Waking - By continual grief.
Verse 5. The days - The mighty works of God in former times.
Verse 6. My song - The mercies of God vouchsafed to me, and to his people, which have obliged me to sing his praises, not only in the day, but also by night.
Verse 7. Cut off - His peculiar people.
Verse 10. I said - These suspicions of God's faithfulness proceed from the weakness of my faith. The years - The years wherein God hath done great and glorious works, which are often ascribed to God's right-hand.
Verse 13. In holiness - God is holy and just, and true in all his works.
Verse 16. Afraid - And stood still, as men astonished, do.
Verse 17. Poured - When the Israelites passed over the sea. Arrows - Hail-stones or lightnings.
Verse 19. Not known - Because the water returned and covered them.
Verse 20. Leddest - First through the sea, and afterwards through the wilderness, with singular care and tenderness, as a shepherd doth his sheep.