Psalm 143 Bible Commentary

John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes

(Read all of Psalm 143)

Verse 2

[2] And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.

Justified — Upon terms of strict justice.

Verse 3

[3] For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead.

For — This is not a reason of what he last said, but an argument to enforce his petition delivered, verse 1.

Soul — My life; nothing less will satisfy him.

Dead — I am in as hopeless a condition in the eye of man, as those that have lain long in the grave.

Verse 5

[5] I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.

The days — What thou hast done for thy servants in former times.

Verse 6

[6] I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. /*Selah*/.

As land — Thirsteth for rain.

Verse 8

[8] Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.

Morning — Seasonably and speedily.