This triumphal song was probably occasioned by the same event as the
forty-sixth [see on Ps 46:1, title]. The writer
celebrates the glory of the Church, as the means of spiritual blessing
to the nation.
1. His—that is, God's
foundation—or, what He has founded,
that is, Zion (Isa 14:32).
is in the holy mountains—the location
of Zion, in the wide sense, for the capital, or Jerusalem, being on
2. gates—for the enclosures, or city to
which they opened (Ps 9:14; 122:2; compare Ps 132:13, 14).
3. spoken of thee—or, "in thee," that
is, the city of God (Ps 46:4; 48:2).
4. This is what is spoken by God.
to them … me—literally, "for My
knowers," they are true worshippers (Ps 36:10; Isa 19:21). These are mentioned as specimens.
this—that is, nation
was born there—Of each it is said,
"This was born," or is a native of Zion, spiritually.
5. The writer resumes—
This and that man—literally, "man and
man," or many (Ge 14:10; Ex 8:10, 14), or all (Isa 44:5; Ga 3:28).
the highest … her—God is her
6. The same idea is set forth under the figure
of a register made by God (compare Isa 4:3).
7. As in a great procession of those thus
written up, or registered, seeking Zion (Isa 2:3; Jer
50:5), "the singers" and
"players," or pipers, shall precede.
all my springs—So each shall say, "All
my sources of spiritual joy are in Thee" (Ps 46:4; 84:6).