Ps 135:1-21. A Psalm of praise, in which God's
relations to His Church, His power in the natural world, and in
delivering His people, are contrasted with the vanity of idols and
1-3. In the general call for praise, the
priests, that stand in the house of the Lord, are specially
4-7. God's choice of Israel is the first
reason assigned for rendering praise; the next, His manifested
greatness in creation and providence.
6. heaven, and … seas, and all … ends
of the earth—denote universality.
8, 9. The last plague [Ex 12:29] is cited to illustrate His "tokens and
10-12. The conquest of Canaan was by God's
power, not that of the people.
13. heritage—or, "possession."
name … memorial—Each denote that
by which God is made known.
14. will judge—do justice (Ps 72:2).
repent himself—change His dealings
15-18. (Compare Ps 115:4-8).
18. are like unto them—or, "shall be
like," &c. Idolaters become spiritually stupid and perish with
their idols (Isa 1:31).
19-21. (Compare Ps 115:9-11). There we have "trust" for "bless"
21. out of Zion—(Compare Ps 110:2;
134:3). From the Church, as a
center, His praise is diffused throughout the earth.