1 O God, give ear unto my cry;
What time my heart is overwhelmed,
3 For thou hast for my refuge been
4 Within thy tabernacle I
5 For thou the vows that I did make,
6 A life prolonged for many days
7 He in God's presence his abode
8 And so will I perpetually
The Righteous One, when an outcast, looking for the day of His Restoration
The exact period and experience in David’s life when this was written is subject to diverse opinions. But we know it was when he was separated from the means of grace, for it seemed as if he was at the “end of the earth.” His experience was overwhelming, and yet the eyes of his soul were nevertheless fastened on God, his Rock. At such a time God is a rock, a shelter and a strong tower. Though the tabernacle was denied him, the tabernacle above would be his abiding portion.
He not only looked for the preservation and extension of his life, but in vv. 6 & 7, there is the recognition of One who was greater. A King was to come who, through death, would be raised to life and immortality, the God-Man who would dwell in the presence of God for ever. God’s mercy and truth would preserve Him in life and death, and through Him, His people.