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The glory and excellency of the church, ver. 1 - 3.
Which God preserves from her enemies, ver. 4 - 8.
God is praised for this, ver. 9, 10.
Who effectually provides for its safety, ver. 11 - 14
A song and psalm for the sons of Korah.
1: The city - In Jerusalem. Mountain - In his holy mountain.
2: The joy - This is spoken prophetically, because the joyful
doctrine of the gospel was to go from thence to all nations.
The city - Of God, who justly calls himself a great king.
3: Known - By long experience. Palaces - Possibly he may point at
the king's palace and the temple, which was the palace of the king of
heaven; which two palaces God did in a singular manner protect, and by
protecting them, protected the whole city and people.
4: The kings - Either those kings confederate against Jehoshaphat,(2Ch 20:1),
or the Assyrian princes; whom they vain - gloriously called kings,(Isa 10:8).
Passed - In their march towards Jerusalem.
5: Saw it - They did only look upon it, but not come into it, nor
shoot an arrow there - nor cast a bank against it, (2Ki 19:32).
Marvelled - At the wonderful works wrought by God.
6: Fear - At the tidings of Tirhakah's coming against them,(2Ki 19:9), and at that terrible slaughter of their army, ver. 35.
7: Breakest - Thou didst no less violently and suddenly destroy these
raging enemies of Jerusalem, than sometimes thou destroyest the ships at
sea with a fierce and vehement wind, such as the eastern winds were in
8: Heard - The predictions of the prophets have been verified by the
events. Establish - God will defend her in all succeeding ages. And so
God would have done, if Jerusalem had not forsaken him, and forfeited
9: Thought - It hath been the matter of our serious and deep
meditation, when we have been worshipping in thy temple.
10: So - Thou art acknowledged to be such an one as thou hast
affirmed thyself to be in thy Word, God Almighty, or All - sufficient,
the Lord of hosts, and a strong tower to all that trust in thee.
Righteousness - Of righteous actions; by which thou discoverest thy
11: Judgments - Upon thine and their enemies.
12: Tell - He bids them mark well her towers, bulwarks, and
palaces, with thankfulness to God, when they should find upon
enquiry, that not one of them were demolished.
13: Tell it - That they may continue their praises to God for this
mercy, by which they hold and enjoy all their blessings.