P S A L M S
This psalm, as the two former, is a triumphant
song; some think it was penned on occasion of Jehoshaphat's victory
(2 Chron. xx.), others
of Sennacherib's defeat, when his army laid siege to Jerusalem in
Hezekiah's time; but, for aught I know, it might be penned by David
upon occasion of some eminent victory obtained in his time; yet not
so calculated for that but that it might serve any other similar
occasion in aftertimes, and be applicable also to the glories of
the gospel church, of which Jerusalem was a type, especially when
it shall come to be a church triumphant, the "heavenly Jerusalem"
(Heb. xii. 22), "the
Jerusalem which is above," Gal. iv.
26. Jerusalem is here praised, I. For its relation to
God, ver. 1, 2. II. For
God's care of it, ver. 3.
III. For the terror it strikes upon its enemies, ver. 4-7. IV. For the pleasure it gives to
its friends, who delight to think, 1. Of what God has done, does,
and will do for it, ver. 3.
2. Of the gracious discoveries he makes of himself in and for that
holy city, ver. 9, 10. 3.
Of the effectual provision which is made for its safety, ver. 11-13. 4. Of the assurance we
have of the perpetuity of God's covenant with the children of Zion,
ver. 14. In singing this
psalm we must be affected with the privilege we have as members of
the gospel church, and must express and excite our sincere
good-will to all its interests.