Ps 87:1-7. This triumphal song was probably occasioned by the same event as the forty-sixth [see on Ps 46:1, title]. The writer celebrates the glory of the Church, as the means of spiritual blessing to the nation.
1. His--that is, God's foundation--or, what He has founded, that is, Zion (Isa 14:32). is in the holy mountains--the location of Zion, in the wide sense, for the capital, or Jerusalem, being on several hills.
2. gates--for the enclosures, or city to which they opened (Ps 9:14 122:2; compare Ps 132:13,14). 3. spoken of thee--or, "in thee," that is, the city of God (Ps 46:4 48:2). 4. This is what is spoken by God. to them . . . me--literally, "for My knowers," they are true worshippers (Ps 36:10 Isa 19:21). These are mentioned as specimens. this--that is, nation was born there--Of each it is said, "This was born," or is a native of Zion, spiritually. 5. The writer resumes-- This and that man--literally, "man and man," or many (Ge 14:10 Ex 8:10,14), or all (Isa 44:5 Ga 3:28). the highest . . . her--God is her protector.
6. The same idea is set forth under the figure of a register made by God (compare Isa 4:3).
7. As in a great procession of those thus written up, or registered, seeking Zion (Isa 2:3 Jer 50:5), "the singers" and "players," or pipers, shall precede. all my springs--So each shall say, "All my sources of spiritual joy are in Thee" (Ps 46:4 84:6).