The exact occasion of this psalm is unknown, but it is evident that there was a national calamity, from which the psalmist wanted deliverance. There is great assurance by the psalmist that this would occur, and he prays that God would glorify Himself by performing it.
When we consider the imposture and futility of idols, that by their very nature and manufacture they are lifeless and helpless, then their makers are as impotent as they are. God is in the Heavens, sovereign and in total rule over all. Three times the church and its ministers are encouraged to “trust in the Lord, for He is their help and shield.” The Father has laid help on One who is mighty, and therefore Christ will be our defence and shield. Deliverance is prayed for before death ensues, otherwise the instrument of praise, the tongue, would be motionless in the grave. But whilst it has breath, it should be employed praising the Lord.
1 Not unto us, Lord, not to us,