1 O God, thou art my God; earnestly will I seek thee:
My soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee,
In a dry and weary land, where no water is.
2 So have I looked upon thee in the sanctuary,
To see thy power and thy glory.
3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise thee.
4 So will I bless thee while I live:
I will lift up my hands in thy name.
1-9. The desire and love of the Lord to be united to His Divine. P. P.
2 Flesh in the respective sense signifies the will proprium in man vivified by the Lord’s Divine good. A. 3813.
Thirsting is predicated of truth, weary without water means that there were no truths. A. 8568.
Waters signify truths and in particular natural truths, which are knowledges from the Word. R. 50.
Since by flesh is signified the good of the church, and by blood the truth of the church, it is plainly manifest that by the Lord’s flesh and blood in the Holy Supper Divine good and Divine truth from the Lord are signified. Flesh signifies good. R. 832.
To thirst signifies to desire truths. R. 956.
Waters signify the truths of faith, also the knowledges of truth. E. 71.
Morning signifies the coming of the Lord, also His kingdom and church, and the good of love which is from Him. E. 179.
Flesh also signified good with man, as in Ezekiel xi. 19; xxxvi. 26. E. 1082.
5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness;
And my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips;
6 When I remember thee upon my bed,
And meditate on thee in the night-watches.
6 Here fat stands for the celestial, and lips of songs for the spiritual. That it is celestial is very evident, for the soul shall be satisfied. A. 353.
Lip stands for doctrine. A. 1286.
Fatness manifestly stands for good, for it is said that their soul shall be satisfied. A. 5943.
See Psalm xxxvi. 9. R. 782.
The soul being satisfied with marrow and fatness means being filled with the good of love and with joy thence derived. To praise with lips of songs signifies to worship by truths which gladden the mind. E. 11 59.
8 See Psalm xvii. 8. A. 8764.
See Psalm xvii. 8. R. 245.
7 For thou hast been my help,
And in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
8 My soul followeth hard after thee:
Thy right hand upholdeth me.
9 But those that seek my soul, to destroy it,
Shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
10 They shall be given over to the power of the sword:
They shall be a portion for foxes.
Wing when predicated of the Lord signifies the Divine spiritual. See also Psalm xvii. 8. E. 283.
9 See Psalm xliv. 4. A. 10019.
10, 11. Those who lie in wait for Him will perish by falsities of evil. P. P.
12 Here to swear by God signifies to speak truth, for it follows, the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped. E. 608.
11 But the king shall rejoice in God:
Every one that sweareth by him shall glory;
For the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.
Then there will be salvation from the Lord, and rejection of the evil. P. P.
Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)