Ps 92:1-15. A Psalm-song—(see on Ps 30:1, title). The theme: God should be praised
for His righteous judgments on the wicked and His care and defense of
His people. Such a topic, at all times proper, is specially so for the
reflections of the Sabbath day.
1. sing … name—celebrate Thy
2. in the morning, … every
night—diligently and constantly (Ps 42:8).
faithfulness—in fulfilling promises
3. In such a work all proper aid must be
with a … sound—or, on
Higgaion (see on Ps 9:16), perhaps an
instrument of that name, from its sound resembling the muttered sound
of meditation, as expressed also by the word. This is joined with the
4. thy work—that is, of providence
5. great … works—correspond to
deep or vast thoughts (Ps 40:5; Ro 11:23).
6. A brutish man knoweth not—that is,
God's works, so the Psalmist describes himself (Ps 73:22) when amazed by the prosperity of the
wicked, now understood and explained.
8. This he does in part, by contrasting their
ruin with God's exaltation and eternity.
most high—as occupying the highest
place in heaven (Ps 7:7; 18:16).
9, 10. A further contrast with the wicked, in
the lot of the righteous, safety and triumph.
10. horn … exalt—is to increase
anointed … fresh—or, "new"
oil—(Ps 23:5) a figure for refreshment (compare Lu 7:46). Such use of oil is still common
in the East.
11. see … [and] … hear my
desire—or, literally, "look on" my enemies and hear of the
wicked (compare Ps 27:11; 54:7)—that is, I shall be gratified by
12-14. The vigorous growth, longevity,
utility, fragrance, and beauty of these noble trees, set forth the
life, character, and destiny of the pious;
15. and they thus declare God's glory as their
strong and righteous ruler.