P S A L M S
This is another psalm of praise. Some think it was
penned after the return of the Jews from their captivity; but it is
so much of a piece with Ps.
cxlv. that I rather think it was penned by David, and
what is said (ver. 2,
13) may well enough be applied to the first building and
fortifying of Jerusalem in his time, and the gathering in of those
that had been out-casts in Saul's time. The Septuagint divides it
into two; and we may divide it into the first and second part, but
both of the same import. I. We are called upon to praise God,
ver. 1, 7, 12. II. We
are furnished with matter for praise, for God is to be glorified,
1. As the God of nature, and so he is very great, ver. 4, 5, 8, 9, 15-18.
2. As the God of grace, comforting his people, ver. 3, 6, 10, 11. 3. As the God of
Israel, Jerusalem, and Zion, settling their civil state (ver. 2, 13, 14), and especially
settling religion among them, ver.
19, 20. It is easy, in singing this psalm, to apply it
to ourselves, both as to personal and national mercies, were it but
as easy to do so with suitable affections.