The Lord is the strength of His people, and the protector of the salvation of His anointed: save, O Lord, Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance, and rule them for ever. Ps. Unto Thee will I cry, O Lord: O my God, be not Thou silent to me, lest if Thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit. V. Glory be to the Father.
Verse 8. People; (hoz lamu) instead of which the Heb. has lamo, “their strength;” though the people of God had not been mentioned. S. Jerom translates, “the Lord is my strength.” Houbigant shews that the Vulg. is most accurate. Bert. — Prot. marg. “his strength.” — Salvation. Lit. “salvations,” as he had many times protected David, as well as (H.) the priests and prophets, and all the chosen people. 1 Pet. ii. 9. C. — God causeth the good endeavours of the king for his subjects to prosper. W.
Verse 9. Exalt, or carry on thy shoulders, like the good shepherd. Lu. xv. 5. Restore thy people to prosperity. This was the wish of the carnal Jews. The Christian must raise his thoughts higher. C. — S. Jerom and Prot. “feed…and lift them up for ever.” Here the progress of justification appears. H. — God redeems and conducts us to eternal bliss. Bert. — As in Ps. xix. &c. the subjects pray for their superiors, so here the ruler offers up his petitions for those committed to his charge. W.