This chapter is a Psalm of Asaph. Asaph was one of David’s chief musicians, and he wrote twelve Psalms (50, 73-83). This Psalm is titled “A Song,” and it is a prayer for God’s help against the wicked. The wicked are those who oppose God and His people, and they are often successful in this world. But Asaph knows that the wicked will ultimately be destroyed, and he prays for deliverance from them.
Asaph begins by asking God to look down from heaven and see the plight of His people (v. 1-4). The wicked are prospering while the righteous are suffering, and Asaph asks for deliverance from their oppression. He knows that the wicked will ultimately be destroyed (v. 5-9), but he prays for God to intervene on behalf of His people now.
Asaph then turns his attention to Zion, the city of God (v. 10-12). He longs to behold its beauty and to dwell there forever. He knows that those who dwell in Zion will be blessed by God (v. 13-14), and he prays that he may be one of them.
This Psalm is a prayer for deliverance from the wicked and a longing for Zion, the city of God. Asaph knows that the wicked will ultimately be destroyed, but he asks for God’s intervention on behalf of His people now. He also longs to behold Zion’s beauty and to dwell there forever, knowing that those who dwell in Zion will be blessed by God.