The Righteous One Anticipating the Setting up of the Throne of Judgement
This psalm breathes out David’s confidence in, and his praise of God. He has experienced deliverance from the gates of death (v. 13), and realises that it is in order to “show forth his praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion,” (v. 14). This also was our Lord’s experience, in that the bands of death and gates of brass could not hold Him, and He was delivered in order to sing God’s praise in the midst of the great congregation.
David prays that the knowledge of God’s righteous government and sovereignty, may so affect nations that they might know themselves to be but men. The implication is weak, frail, dying men. It is well that we see ourselves as such, and so magnify and fear the One who is otherwise.