Ps 147:1-20. This and the remaining Psalms have been
represented as specially designed to celebrate the rebuilding of
Jerusalem (compare Ne 6:16; 12:27). They all open and close with the
stirring call for praise. This one specially declares God's
providential care towards all creatures, and particularly His
1. (Compare Ps 92:1; 135:3).
2. (Compare Ps 107:3; Isa 11:12).
3. Though applicable to the captive
Israelites, this is a general and precious truth.
4, 5. God's power in nature (Isa 40:26-28, and often) is presented as a
pledge of His power to help His people.
telleth … stars—what no man can
6. That power is put forth for the good of the
meek and suffering pious, and confusion of the wicked (Ps 146:8, 9).
7-9. His providence supplies bountifully the
wild animals in their mountain homes.
Sing … Lord—literally, "Answer
the Lord," that is, in grateful praise to His goodness, thus declared
in His acts.
10, 11. The advantages afforded, as in war by
the strength of the horse or the agility of man, do not incline God to
favor any; but those who fear and, of course, trust Him, will obtain
His approbation and aid.
13. strengthened … gates—or, means
of defense against invaders,
14. maketh … borders—or,
territories (Ge 23:17; Isa 54:12).
filleth thee, &c.—(Compare
15-18. God's Word, as a swift messenger,
executes His purpose, for with Him to command is to perform (Ge 1:3; Ps
33:9), and He brings about
the wonders of providence as easily as men cast crumbs.
17. morsels—used as to food (Ge 18:5), perhaps here denotes hail.
19, 20. This mighty ruler and benefactor of
heaven and earth is such especially to His chosen people, to whom alone
4:32-34) He has made known
His will, while others have been left in darkness. Therefore unite in
the great hallelujah.