Ps 65:1-13. This is a song of praise for God's
spiritual blessings to His people and His kind providence over all the
1. Praise waiteth for thee—literally,
"To Thee silence praise," or (compare Ps 62:1), To Thee silence is praise—that
is, Praise is waiting as a servant; it is due to Thee. So the last
clause expresses the duty of paying vows. These two parts of acceptable
worship, mentioned in Ps 50:14,
are rendered in Zion, where God chiefly displays His mercy and receives
2. All are encouraged to pray by God's
readiness to hear.
3. God's mercy alone delivers us from the
burden of iniquities, by purging or expiating by an atonement the
transgressions with which we are charged, and which are denoted
Iniquities—or, literally, "Words of
4. dwell in thy courts; … [and]
satisfied with the goodness … temple—denote
communion with God (Ps 15:1; 23:6; compare Ps 5:7). This is a blessing for all God's
people, as denoted by the change of number.
5. terrible things—that is, by the
manifestation of justice and wrath to enemies, accompanying that of
mercy to His people (Ps 63:9-11; 64:7-9).
the confidence—object of it.
of all … earth—the whole world;
that is, deservedly such, whether men think so or not.
6-13. God's great power and goodness are the
grounds of this confidence. These are illustrated in His control of the
mightiest agencies of nature and nations affecting men with awe and
dread (Ps 26:7; 98:1, &c.), and in His fertilizing
showers, causing the earth to produce abundantly for man and beast.
8. outgoings of …
rejoice—all people from east to west.
9. visitest—in mercy (compare Ps 8:4).
river of God—His exhaustless
11. thy paths—ways of providence (Ps 25:4,
12. wilderness—places, though not
inhabited by men, fit for pasture (Le 16:21, 22; Job 24:5).
pastures—is literally, "folds," or
"enclosures for flocks"; and in Ps 65:13 it may be "lambs," the same word used
and so translated in Ps 37:20; so
that "the flocks are clothed with lambs" (a figure for abundant
increase) would be the form of expression.