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Consider Bavli Sanhedrin 22a: אמר רב חנה בר ביזנא אמר רבי שמעון חסידא: המתפלל צריך שיראה עצמו כאילו שכינה כנגדו, שנאמר שויתי ה' לנגדי תמיד. Rav Chana son of Bizna said in the name of Rabbi Shimon Chasida: One who prays must see himself as if the Shechina were opposite him, as it says, "I have set the LORD always before me."
Okay, I do not have any Talmud or later sources, but my gut impression upon reading the Psalm is: This Psalm was written by captive Judeans, quite possibly Temple singers, using the emotional energy of their situation to do something artistic, as has been done for a long long time before and since. They did a classic, immortal job of it! It PERFECTLY ...
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