Ps 115:1-18. The Psalmist prays that God would
vindicate His glory, which is contrasted with the vanity of idols,
while the folly of their worshippers is contrasted with the trust of
God's people, who are encouraged to its exercise and to unite in the
praise which it occasions.
1-3. The vindication of God's mercy and
faithfulness (Ps 25:10; 36:6) is the "glory" of His "name," which is
desired to be illustrated in the deliverance of His people, as the
implied mode of its manifestation. In view of the taunts of the
heathen, faith in His dominion as enthroned in the heaven (Ps 2:4; 11:4) is avowed.
2. Where is now, &c.—"now" is "not a
particle of time, but of entreaty," as in our forms of speech, "Come
now," "See now," &c.
4-7. (Compare Isa 40:18-20; 44:9-20).
7. speak … throat—literally,
"mutter," not even utter articulate sounds.
8. every one that trusteth—they who
trust, whether makers or not.
9-13. The repetitions imply earnestness.
14. Opposed to the decrease pending and during
15-17. They were not only God's peculiar
people, but as living inhabitants of earth, assigned the work of His
praise as monuments of divine power, wisdom, and goodness.
18. Hence let us fulfil the purpose of our
creation, and evermore show forth His praise.