Praise is given to God for victory, perhaps that recorded (2Ch 20:20-30); and His dominions over all
people, Jews and Gentiles, is asserted.
1. clap … hands …
people—literally, "peoples," or "nations" (compare De
32:43; Ps 18:49; 98:9).
2, 3. His universal sovereignty now exists,
and will be made known.
3. under us—that is, His saints;
Israel's temporal victories were types of the spiritual conquests of
the true Church.
4. He shall … inheritance—the
heathen to be possessed by His Church (Ps 2:8), as Canaan by the Jews.
excellency of Jacob—literally,
"pride," or, that in which he glories (not necessarily, though often,
in a bad sense), the privileges of the chosen people—
whom he loved—His love being the sole
cause of granting them.
5-7. God, victorious over His enemies,
reascends to heaven, amid the triumphant praises of His people, who
celebrate His sovereign dominion. This sovereignty is what the Psalm
teaches; hence he adds,
sing … praises with
understanding—literally, "sing and play an instructive
(Psalm)." The whole typifies Christ's ascension (compare Ps 68:18).
8, 9. The instruction continued.
throne of … holiness—or, "holy
throne" (see on Ps 2:6; Ps
9. princes—who represent peoples.
even—supply, "as," or, "to"—that
is, they all become united under covenant with Abraham's God.
shields—as in Ho 4:18, "rulers" [Margin].