call to all people to praise God. (1-9) God's government and
Verses 1-9: When Christ finished his work on earth, and was received
into his glory in heaven, the church began to sing a new song
unto him, and to bless his name. His apostles and evangelists
showed forth his salvation among the heathen, his wonders among
all people. All the earth is here summoned to worship the Lord.
We must worship him in the beauty of holiness, as God in Christ,
reconciling the world unto himself. Glorious things are said of
him, both as motives to praise and matter of praise.
Verses 10-13: We are to hope and pray for that time, when Christ shall
reign in righteousness over all nations. He shall rule in the
hearts of men, by the power of truth, and the Spirit of
righteousness. His coming draws nigh; this King, this Judge
standeth before the door, but he is not yet come. The Lord will
accept the praises of all who seek to promote the kingdom of
Christ. The sea can but roar, and how the trees of the wood can
show that they rejoice we know not; but He that searches the
heart knows what is the mind of the Spirit, and understands the
words, the broken language of the weakest. Christ will come to
judge the earth, to execute just vengeance on his enemies, and
to fulfil his largest promises to his people. What then are we?
Would that day be welcome to us? If this be not our case, let us
now begin to prepare to meet our God, by seeking the pardon of
our sins, and the renewal of our souls to holiness.