Verse 1, “Thou hast lifted me up”
Literally he is thanking God for causing him to be depressed, and for his afflictions, because they have been the means of teaching him some important lessons of great profit and importance in his life.
Verse 2, “Thou hast healed me.”
You have removed the plague from me and my people and not allowed my enemy to rejoice over my affliction.
Verse 3, “Thou hast brought up my soul from the grave.”
We were about to be cut off; but you have spared us in your mercy, and given us a most glorious relief.
Verse 4, “Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, andGive thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.” In other words, “Be ye holy, saith the Lord, for I am holy.”
This is a wonderful truth: He who can give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness, is one who loves holiness, and hates sin; one who longs to be saved from it; and takes encouragement at thinking about God’s holiness.
But most who call themselves Christians dislike the doctrine of holiness; and the principal part of their studies, and those of their pastors, is to find out with how little Godly living they can expect to enter into the kingdom of God.
Verse 5, “For his anger endureth but a moment.”
In the Hebrew language “There is a moment in His anger. In the evening weeping may endure: but in the morning will be joy.”
When God afflicts His people, it is for our advantage, that we may be partakers of his holiness, and be not condemned with the world.
If he is angry with us, it is but for a moment; but when we have turn to Him, and seek His face, His favour is soon given.