Because of the line this blog’s title, it is generally thought that David wrote this psalm in his latter years. Some claim it to not be a psalm of personal penitence, but rather one that was meant to be used by anyone in distress. But a time frame just before the Absalom conspiracy is quite likely when considering the penitential aspect of David’s sin with Bathsheba, as well as the mention of strength and number of his foes (verse 19). It is otherwise a very recognizable psalm as one of the more well-known hymns still sung today – “Unto thee O Lord.” It is one of the acrostic psalms, although some commentators state that it is imperfect. But Spurgeon disagrees, stating that in the original text, the twenty-two verses follow the Aleph-bet in perfect order.
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