Ps 143:1-12. In structure and style, like the preceding (Psalms 104-142), this Psalm is clearly evinced to be David's. It is a prayer for pardon, and for relief from enemies; afflictions, as usual, producing confession and penitence.
1. in thy faithfulness . . . and . . . righteousness--or, God's regard to the claims which He has permitted His people to make in His covenant.
2. enter . . . judgment--deal not in strict justice.
shall no . . . justified--or, "is no man justified," or "innocent" (Job 14:3; Ro 3:20).
3, 4. The exciting reason for his prayer--his afflictions--led to
confession as just made: he now makes the complaint.
as those that have been long dead--deprived of life's comforts (compare Ps 40:15; 88:3-6).
7. spirit faileth--is exhausted.
9. (Compare Ps 31:15-20).
11. (Compare Ps 23:3; 119:156).
12. God's mercy to His people is often wrath to His and their enemies
thy servant--as chosen to be such, entitled to divine regard.