The Psalmist tells how the Lord has proved faithful to him, helping him in his distress. He voices desperate petitions, recalls what the Lord has done in the past, praises Him for His goodness and greatness, and testifies to His mercy in the many extremities of life. Dr. Alden says, "Here, more than any other place in the Bible, the heart-throb of the saint is heard. Here are the most exalted expressions of God’s greatness. Here are the most bitter groans of the sinful sick. Here is something for everyone in every mood.
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Robert L. Alden (A.B., Barrington College; B.D., Westminister Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion) was professor of Old Testament at Denver Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary. He taught a wide range of courses related to Old Testament studies and traveled extensively in Israel.