Luther called this psalm ‘David’s mirror of a monarch’. Though the themes of the psalm are general, 2 Sam.6:9 may provide the clue to the historical situation—at the beginning of David’s reign.
- Verses 1-4. David could not sing to God without being aware that worship must have some effects upon his character and actions. Ponder the verbs of these verses. Is your Christian life as definite and decisive as this?
- Verses 5:8. What company did David seek and shun? To what strenuous and sometimes violent action is the Christian similarly called? Cf. 2 Tim. 2: 14, 16, 19, 21-23.